Auburn, NY, Feb 22, 2012 -- Today, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development New York State Director, Jill Harvey hosted a Rural Energy Roundtable. Stakeholders, state energy partners, lenders, local, state and federal elected officials, and government offices gathered at the Cayuga County Soil and Water Conservation District Building in Auburn to discuss ways in which Rural Development can maintain its commitment to helping meet President Barak Obama’s energy independence goals.
As we approach Farm Bill season, USDA Rural Development called together stakeholders to provide updates on the Rural Development Renewable Energy for America Program; 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.
The Farm Bill energy programs have been a priority of the Secretary of Agriculture. Over the past three years, we’ve begun building a reliable, successful energy program and are looking to continue our success. Rural Development’s energy programs are making significant impacts on communities, business owners and farms. This assistance is decreasing their energy footprint, converting renewable resources into cleaner energy, and saving jobs.
USDA Rural Development’s mission is to increase economic opportunity and improve the quality of life for rural residents. Rural Development fosters growth in homeownership, finances business development, and supports the creation of critical community and technology infrastructure. For more information on USDA Rural Development programs, contact Rural Development’s state office at (315) 477-6400, or visit the Rural Development web site at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/ny.