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Release No. STELPRD4011839
ContactGeorge Thomas(573) 876-9326
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(AUGUST 17, 2011) 31 REAP GRANT RECIPIENTS IN MISSOURI ANNOUNCED

Columbia, MO, Aug 17, 2011 -- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced grants for more than 900 agricultural producers and rural small businesses across the country to implement renewable energy and energy efficiency measures in their operations. Secretary Vilsack made the announcement as part of President Obama’s rural economic bus tour in the Midwest where he highlighted efforts underway to reduce our country’s dependence on foreign oil, which will increase the economic competitiveness of rural America and promote job creation.

These investments enable our farmers, ranchers and rural small business owners to develop renewable energy systems and make energy efficiency improvements that will save them thousands of dollars in energy costs each year," Vilsack said. "This funding is an important part of the Obama Administration's plan to conserve natural resources, create jobs and lead our country on the path to becoming more energy independent."

The grants are being provided through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), a 2008 Farm Bill initiative. REAP offers funds for farmers, ranchers and rural small businesses to purchase and install renewable energy systems and make energy-efficiency improvements.  These federal funds leverage other funding sources for small businesses. In all, USDA announced more than $11.6 million in energy grants. Missouri’s portion of that funding is $402,749.

Recipients are:

LEE, JOHN T

CASSVILLE

20,000

ENERGY EFFICIENCY

HURRICANE CARWASH - MIDTOWN LLC

CARTHAGE

4,537

ENERGY EFFICIENCY

EMINENCE MANUFACTURING, INC

EMINENCE

6,683

ENERGY EFFICIENCY

OBERLE MEATS, LLC

STE. GENEVIEVE

15,000

SOLAR

PRAIRIE MOUNTAIN, INC.

LOCKWOOD

10,616

ENERGY EFFICIENCY

PRECISION REBUILDERS, INC.

ST. CLAIR

4,073

ENERGY EFFICIENCY

BEAN FARMS PARTNERSHIP

HOLCOMB

10,687

ENERGY EFFICIENCY

DIAMOND PROPERTIES LTD

PERRYVILLE

20,000

GEOTHERMAL

BURKE LAND COMPANY

CHARLESTON

7,544

ENERGY EFFICIENCY

CIRCLE SEVEN FARMS, LLC

BLOOMFIELD

9,487

ENERGY EFFICIENCY

STALLINGS BROTHERS

CHARLESTON

18,981

ENERGY EFFICIENCY

STEWART, BRANDON GALE

BLOOMFIELD

10,125

ENERGY EFFICIENCY

STEWART, COLIN DEAN

BLOOMFIELD

10,125

ENERGY EFFICIENCY

STEWART, FARON BLAINE

BLOOMFIELD

10,125

ENERGY EFFICIENCY

MISSISSIPPI MOONSHINE, LLC

CLARKSVILLE

19,750

FLEXIBLE FUEL PUMP

BLUE HERON CONSERVATION DESIGN & PRINTIN

BLOOMFIELD

3,812

GEOTHERMAL

GERDING FARMS LLC

MONTGOMERY CITY

19,996

ENERGY EFFICIENCY

MITCHELL TRAIL TRUST

LEXINGTON

20,000

SOLAR

RICHLAND CREEK, LLC

TIPTON

20,000

ENERGY EFFICIENCY

CENTRAL MARKETS, INC.

SULLIVAN

7,181

ENERGY EFFICIENCY

NORTON, ERIC R

PLATTSBURG

17,525

ENERGY EFFICIENCY

WELDON, JAMES E.

GALLATIN

9,185

ENERGY EFFICIENCY

WELDON, SHIRLEY M.

GALLATIN

11,579

ENERGY EFFICIENCY

BEDR, LLC

RUTLEDGE

20,000

SOLAR

PLATTE CLAY ELECT COOPERATIVE

KEARNEY

16,629

FLEXIBLE FUEL PUMP

TOWN AND COUNTRY BUTCHER SHOP, INC.

PALMYRA

9,000

ENERGY EFFICIENCY

COLLINS, LARRY

MORRISON

10,875

SOLAR

CONVOY SOLUTIONS, LLC

BOONVILLE

7,250

SOLAR

GRATZ, WILLIAM

JEFFERSON CITY

19,964

SOLAR

LOGSDON, PAUL

CANTON

20,000

ENERGY EFFICIENCY

LIVENGOOD, BRUCE

SWEET SPRINGS

12,020

ENERGY EFFICIENCY

Funding of each award is contingent upon the recipient meeting the conditions of the grant agreement. Grants can finance up to 25 percent of a project's cost, not to exceed $500,000 for renewables, $250,000 for efficiency. 

The announcement is an example of investments the Obama Administration is making to help create jobs and grow the rural economy.  In June, President Obama signed an Executive Order establishing the first White House Rural Council, chaired by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. The White House Rural Council will work throughout government to create policies to promote economic prosperity and a high quality of life in our rural communities.

For further information please visit the Missouri USDA Rural Development website at: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/mo to find an office to assist you.

USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender. To file a complaint of discrimination, write: USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 (voice), or (202) 720-6382 (TDD).

Last Modified:06/22/2012 
 
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