RIPLEY, Tenn., Apr 16, 2012 -- As gas prices fluctuate, the call for an alternative energy solution has become more important. The reduction of our carbon footprint through solar and wind projects is assisting in the fight, but one West Tennessee Company is researching another alternative energy solution. With the help of USDA Rural Development (RD) they are one step closer to understanding its feasibility.
Representative Stephen Fincher and RD State Director Bobby Goode was joined recently by Fullen Brothers Farms President Scott Fullen and other local officials to announce federal funding of a research and feasibility study to identify the potential uses of an alternative crop crushing facility. The study will identify the needed components to produce optimal outcomes for specialty oilseeds and their introduction to new bio-based products.
The study is being conducted with the assistance of BioDimensions Renewable Oils, Inc. and will look at specific types of oilseeds, their individual qualities and subsequent production as well as crop planning and rotation. The findings of the study hold numerous outcomes for the Mississippi Delta region.
"Taking the time to research environmentally responsible, renewable energy sources helps our local businesses take the steps in reducing their carbon footprint," said Goode. "These investments also help create good jobs in the renewable energy sector and promote the development and use of renewable, American-made energy alternatives."
Others participating in the event included Ripley Mayor Jon Pavletic, Tennessee Economic Development Council representative Melissa Cox-Rayner, Tennessee Farm Bureau Regional Field Service Director Joe McKinnon, Fullen Brothers Farms Partners Andy and Jimmy Fullen, BioDimensions Renewable Oils, LLC President Chris Ramezanpour, BioDimensions Renewable Oils, LLC Director of Business Development Peter Nelson, RD Area Director Arlisa Armstrong and Area Specialist Joel Howard.
Rural Development's rural business grant programs provide assistance to local governments and non-profit organizations that assist small businesses, develop local business infrastructure, provide job training, conduct feasibility studies or provide technical assistance to businesses and community leaders.
USDA Rural Development invests in jobs, infrastructure, community development, homeownership and affordable rental housing to improve the economic health of rural communities. During the last three years the agency has assisted at least 1.5 million Tennessee families and businesses in 158 communities, investing more than $2.5 Billion through affordable loans, loan guarantees and grants.
For more information on Rural Development programs available in Lauderdale County contact the Rural Development Area Office in Jackson at 731-668-2091, toll free at 1-800-342-3149 ext. 1495 or visit us online at ㋰§Ⓦ〣" www.rurdev.usda.gov/tn.
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