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Release No. STELPRD4013635
ContactVicki Schurman402-437-5563
Deb Yocum402-437-5554
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(DECEMBER 20, 2011) FORTY TWO NEBRASKA RECIPIENTS RECEIVE USDA RURAL DEVELOPMENT AWARDS TO ASSIST WITH ENERGY NEEDS

Lincoln, Nebraska, Dec 20, 2011 -- Forty two Nebraska recipients have been selected to receive $832,303 in grant funding.  Funds will be used to install renewable energy systems and make energy efficiency improvements that will promote energy conservation. Forty one awarded projects will make energy efficiency improvements and one will install renewable energy flexible fuel systems, a component new to the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) this year.

These awarded efficiency projects in Nebraska and nationwide, along with previously announced projects, are expected to lower energy usage by two billion kilowatts and prevent nearly two million metric tons of emissions from being released into the environment.

“These energy dollars will help make needed energy conservation improvements and install new renewable energy systems,” said Nebraska State Director Maxine Moul, USDA Rural Development.  “Through these projects, energy consumption will be reduced, thereby making more dollars available to be kept within rural Nebraska there by assisting the state’s rural economy.”

REAP provides opportunities for farmers and rural small business owners to install renewable energy systems and make energy efficiency improvements, as well explore the feasibility of implementing renewable energy projects.  Additional information on REAP may be found at www.rurdev.usda.gov/ne/Energy_energy_home.htm.

Listed by county are the projects selected from the National Office allocation of funding. This release completes the REAP project awards for fiscal year 2011. Funding is contingent upon the recipient meeting the conditions of the grant and loan agreements.

Antelope:

Billings, Ronald –Orchard- $16,733 grant- 2 Diesel irrigation engine conversions with 1 well rebowl.

Dwight Morrison Properties, LLC – Clearwater - $3,758 grant- Diesel irrigation engine to electric motor conversion.

Knuth, Claus –Royal- $20,000 grant- 4 Diesel irrigation engine conversions and 1 new irrigation well.

Morrison, Frank –Clearwater- $3,997 grant- Diesel irrigation engine to electric motor conversion.

Mullins, Greg –Pierce- $3,840 grant- Diesel engine conversion.

Rittscher, Jason –Elgin- $11,320 grant- 2 Diesel irrigation engines to electric motor conversions.

Schultz, Frederick –Clearwater- $3,324 grant- Diesel irrigation engine to electric motor conversion.

Werkmeister, Neil –Tilden- $5,287 grant- Diesel irrigation engine conversion.

Wildflower Farms, Inc. –Clearwater- $3,954 grant- Diesel irrigation engine to electric motor conversion.

Boone:

O’Brien, Tim –Albion- $11,583 grant- 2 Diesel irrigation engine conversions.

Taake, Otto –Tilden- $5,466 grant- Diesel irrigation engine conversion.

Larry Rasmussen and Sons –Albion- $9,355 grant- 2 Diesel irrigation engines to electric motor conversions.

Buffalo:

Richter, Kenneth –Kearney- $6,266 grant- Diesel engine to electric motor conversion and associated underground wire.

Burt:

Magnusson Farms, Inc. –Oakland- $29,189 grant- Replace 2 high pressure center pivots with 2 low pressure center pivots.

Chase:

S&L Farms Inc. –Imperial- $8,494 grant– Diesel irrigation engine to electric motor conversion.

Cheyenne:

Dvorak, Scott –Potter- $11,757 grant- Install efficient variable frequency drive on irrigation system.

Custer:

French, Lynn –Broken Bow- $5,191 grant- Diesel irrigation engine to electric motor conversion and associated underground wire.

Holm, James –Mason City- $7,327 grant- Convert towline irrigation to a pivot system, install associated underground pipe and complete required dirt work.

Dundy:

Kitt, Keenan –Wauneta- $6,142 grant- Diesel irrigation engine to electric motor conversion and sprinkler package.

Furnas:

NCP Fuel Services, LLC –Zeeland, MI- $418,250 grant- Installation of 7 flexible fuel pumps at new facility in Cambridge NE. Three will dispense blends of biodiesel and four will dispense blends of ethanol fuel.

Hayes:

Howard, Jimmie –Page- $14,392 grant- Diesel irrigation engine to electric motor conversion, well rebowl and pivot sprinkler package.

Holt:

Kaup’s Elkhorn Dairy, Corp –Stuart- $7,498 grant- Irrigation motor conversion.

Kelly, Gilbert –Page- $3,791 grant- Irrigation motor conversion.

Kohle, James –Stuart- $4,186 grant- Irrigation motor conversion.

Thiele, Curt –Clearwater- $10,369 grant- Diesel irrigation engine to electric motor conversion with well rebowl.

Thompson, Everett –Page- $18,232 grant- 2 Diesel motor conversions with 1 well rebowl.

Troester, Aaron –O’Neill- $28,334 grant- 6 Irrigation motor conversions.

Keith:

Dyck, Eldon –Paxton- $9,040 grant- Diesel engine to electric motor conversion, well work, and sprinkler package.

Lincoln:

Fulk Ranch Inc –Wallace- $12,478 grant- Diesel irrigation engine to electric motor conversion and well replacement.

Nicholas, Dennis –Hershey- $9,086 grant- Diesel irrigation engine to electric motor conversion, inverter and surge protector.

O’Brien, Larry –Wallace- $11,023 grant- 2 Diesel irrigation engines to electric motor conversions and 1 variable frequency drive.

Peterson, Edna –Brady- $4,418 grant- Diesel irrigation engine to electric motor conversion and associated underground wire.

Madison:

Oswald, Merlin –Madison- $2,557 grant- Diesel irrigation engine to electric motor conversion.

Perkins:

Burge Farm Partnership –Grant- $6,212 grant- Diesel irrigation engine to electric motor conversion and variable frequency drive.

McClintock, Duane –Elsie- $10,841 grant– 2 Diesel irrigation engines to electric motor conversions.

Turn West farms –Grant- $10,942 grant- Diesel irrigation engine to electric motor conversion and 2 variable frequency drives.

Walking Seven Feedlot Inc. –Imperial- $6,620 grant- Diesel irrigation engine to electric motor conversion.

Pierce

Lambrecht, Jeff –Pierce- $5,142 grant– Diesel irrigation engine to electric motor conversion.

Zimmermans, Inc. –Pierce- $5,597 grant- 2 Diesel irrigation engines to electric motor conversions.

Sherman:

Stanczyk, Daniel –Ashton- $9,070 grant- 2 Diesel irrigation engines to electric motor conversions and associated underground wire for one motor.

Thayer:

Folkerts, Paul E. –Carleton- $46,875 grant- Grain dryer replacement.

York:

Penner’s Tire and Auto, Inc. –York- $4,367 grant- Lighting upgrade for tire and auto store.

For additional information on the USDA Rural Development Rural Energy for America Program, contact Deb Yocum, debra.yocum@ne.usda.gov; (402) 437-5554.  Visit www.rurdev.usda.gov/ne/.

Last Modified:09/28/2012 
 
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