March 17, 2004 [SolarAccess.com] Former Illinois Congressman Tom Ewing announced yesterday the appointment of Terry Jaffoni as vice chair of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee. The Committee advises the Secretaries of Energy and Agriculture on the technical focus and direction of research under the Biomass Research and Development Initiative. Jaffoni, Director of Biofuels Strategy at Cargill, said that as a person from industry, he would bring hands-on knowledge in both the technical and commercial aspects of developing a viable biobased products industry. He said they will continue their role in evaluating biomass program activities at both the Department of Energy (DOE) and USDA. But this year they hope to make recommendations regarding federal procurement of biobased products, the USDA/DOE joint solicitation process and the role of biomass, and specifically ethanol, in the hydrogen economy. The Biomass R&D Technical Advisory Committee was established in 2000 when the Congress passed the Biomass R&D Act, which created a research initiative focused on producing fuels, power, chemicals, and materials from a wide variety of biomass. In addition to providing research focus, the Biomass R&D Technical Advisory Committee evaluates the performance of research and other activities carried out under this program.