News Release
Release No.STELPRD4014764
ContactKelly Edwards715-340-1264
Stevens Point, WI, Feb 15, 2012 --

@@U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Wisconsin State Director, Stan Gruszynski, is hosting a Rural Energy Informational Meeting. Stakeholders, energy partners, lenders, and local, state and federal elected officials will be discussing available funding, and ways in which Rural Development can maintain its commitment to helping meet energy independence goals and needs.

WHEN: Wednesday, February 29, 2012

10:00 am – 12:00 pm (noon)

WHO: Stan Gruszynski, USDA Rural Development State Director

Brenda Heinen, USDA Rural Development State Energy Coordinator

Open to Public; Free of Charge

WHERE: Portage County Annex Building - 3rd floor, Room #5.  

    1462 Strongs Avenue, Stevens Point, WI 54481

WHAT: The Farm Bill energy programs have been a priority of the Secretary of Agriculture. Rural Development’s energy programs are making significant impacts on communities; and the business owners and farms, benefitting from this assistance, are decreasing their energy footprint, converting renewable resources into cleaner energy, and creating and saving jobs.  As we approach Farm Bill season, we are calling together stakeholders to provide updates on the Rural Development Renewable Energy for America Program (REAP); to discuss ways we can best utilize our dollars, including working with private and public investing partners, and re-emphasize our commitment to renewable and efficient energy efforts.

      This year USDA has approximately $25.4 million in budget authority available to fund REAP activities, which will support at least $12.5 million in grant and approximately $48.5 million in guaranteed loan awards.

      Application deadlines for 2012 funding include:

      March 30 - Renewable energy system and energy efficiency improvement grant and combination grant and guaranteed loans applications

      March 30 - Renewable energy system feasibility study applications

      June 29 - Renewable energy system and energy efficiency improvement guaranteed loan only applications

      For more information please visit

USDA Rural Development’s mission is to deliver programs in a way that will support increasing economic opportunity and improve the quality of life of rural residents. As the lead federal agency for rural development needs, USDA Rural Development returned nearly $551million dollars this past year to rural Wisconsin communities. Funds are used to finance and foster growth in homeownership, business development, and critical community and technological infrastructures. Further information on USDA Rural Development programs is available at a local USDA Rural Development office or by visiting the web site at


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