U.S. Rural and Agricultural Business get Green Funding Boost

THE U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced that they are accepting applications to provide assistance to agricultural producers and rural small businesses for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.

Funding has been made available from USDA's Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) to keep the focus carrying out its mission, despite significant budget uncertainty, with the announcement being one part of the Department's efforts to strengthen the rural economy.

"The Obama Administration continues its commitment to help our nation become more energy independent by partnering with agricultural producers and rural small businesses as they build renewable energy systems and reduce energy usage," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. "These investments will not only help our farmers and rural small businesses reduce energy costs, but also provide a new potential revenue source and stabilize their operations bottom lines."

REAP, authorized by the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008, (Farm Bill) is designed to help agricultural producers and rural small businesses reduce energy costs and consumption and help meet the United States critical energy needs.

USDA is accepting the following applications:

  • Renewable energy system and energy efficiency improvement grant applications and combination grant and guaranteed loan applications until April 30, 2013;
  • Renewable energy system and energy efficiency improvement guaranteed loan only applications until July 15, 2013;
  • Renewable energy system feasibility study grant applications through April 30, 2013.

This funding is an example of the many ways that USDA and others is helping revitalize rural economies to create opportunities for growth and prosperity, support innovative technologies, identify new markets for agricultural producers, and better utilization of our nation's natural resources.

Picture: A Wheat field in Idaho , the image or file is a work of a United States Department of Agriculture employee, taken or made as part of that person's official duties. As a work of the U.S. federal government, the image is in the public domain.

Wednesday 3rd April 2013


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