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PUBLIC LAW 95-000—MMMM. DD, 1977

91 STAT. 998

PUBLIC LAW 95-113—SEPT. 29, 1977 the provision of this section, $3,000,000 for the fiscal year ending September 30, 1978, and such sums as may be necessary for the four subsequent fiscal years ending September 30, 1979, September 30, 1980, September 30, 1981, and September 30, 1982: Provided, That the total amount of such appropriations shall not exceed $24,000,000 during the five-year period beginning October 1, 1977, and ending September 30, 1982, and not in excess of such sums as may after the date of enactment of this title be authorized by law for any subsequent fiscal year: Provided further, That not more than a total of $3,000,000 may be awarded to the colleges and universities of any one State. PILOT PROJECTS FOR THE PRODUCTION AND MARKETING OF INDUSTRIAL HYDROCARBONS AND ALCOHOLS FROM AGRICULTURAL COMMODITIES AND FOREST PRODUCTS

7 USC 2669.

Guaranteed loans.

Contract authority.

S E C 1420. Title V of the Rural Development Act of 1972 (86 Stat. 671-674, as amended; 7 U.S.C. 2661-2668) is amended by adding at the end thereof a new section as follows: "SEC. 509. (a) The Secretary is authorized and directed to formulate and carry out a pilot program for the production and marketing of industrial hydrocarbons derived from agricultural commodities and forest products for the purpose of stabilizing and expanding the market for such commodities and products and expanding the Nation's supply of industrial hydrocarbons. "(b) The Secretary shall provide for four pilot projects for the production of industrial hydrocarbons and alcohols from agricultural commodities and forest products by guaranteeing loans, not to exceed $15,000,000 per each such project, to public, private, or cooperative organizations organized for profit or nonprofit, or to individuals for a term not to exceed twenty years at a rate of interest agreed upon by the borrower and lender. "(c) No loan may be guaranteed under this section unless (1) research indicates the total energy content of the products and byproducts to be manufactured by the loan applicant will exceed the total energy input from fossil fuels used in the manufacture of such products and byproducts, and (2) such other conditions as the Secretarydeems appropriate to achieve the purposes of this section are met. "(d) In order to assure that the recipients of loans made under this section have a dependable supply of agricultural commodities at a stable price for use in the pilot projects provided for in this section, the Secretary is authorized to enter into long-term contracts, not exceeding five years, with the recipients of such loans. Such contracts shall guarantee the recipients of such loans a specified quantity of agricultural commodities annually at mutually agreed upon prices, but the agricultural commodities shall not be sold under any such contracts at less than the price support level prescribed for the commodity concerned unless the commodities are out of condition, unstorable, or sample-grade or lower, as prescribed in Department of Agriculture standards. "(e) The Secretary shall supply from Commodity Credit Corporation stocks or, to such extent or in such amounts as are provided in appropriation Acts, purchase such quantities of agricultural commodities as may be necessary to comply with the terms of agreements entered into under this section. "(f) The provisions of this section shall be carried out through the Commodity Credit Corporation.".