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Release No. STELPRD4016870
ContactDawn Knepp717-237-2286
Jay Fletcher(202) 690-0494
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(6/25/12) AGRICULTURE SECRETARY VILSACK ANNOUNCES FUNDING FOR PROJECTS TO BOOST RENEWABLE ENERGY PRODUCTION, REDUCE ENERGY CONSUMPTION
Eleven Grants Awarded in Pennsylvania

Huntersville, SC, Jun 25, 2012 -- Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Funding for Projects to Boost Renewable Energy Production, Reduce Energy Consumption

Eleven Grants Awarded In Pennsylvania

HUNTERSVILLE, North Carolina, June 25, 2012 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA has selected for funding 450 projects nationwide, including 31 in North Carolina, that are focused on helping agricultural producers and rural small businesses reduce energy consumption and costs; use renewable energy technologies in their operation; and/or conduct feasibility studies for renewable energy projects. Funding is made available through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), which is authorized by the 2008 Farm Bill.

“The Obama Administration and USDA are helping agricultural producers and rural small business owners reduce their energy costs and consumption – and by doing so is helping to create jobs, preserve our natural resources, protect the environment and strengthen the bottom line for businesses.” said Vilsack. “This is part of the Administration’s “all of the above” energy strategy. Stable energy costs create an environment for sustainable job growth in rural America.”

In Pennsylvania, the following REAP grants were awarded:

Quakertown

Larry Shelmire

$19,806

Grain Dryer

West Grove

Conard-Pyle Company

$34,235

Energy Efficiency Improvements

Hartstown

Oswald Farms

$19,895

Grain Dyer

Coatesville

James Harris

$11,389

Solar Array

Springboro

Joseph Sablyak

$18,561

Grain Dryer

New Holland

Weaver Homestead Farm

$9,000

Solar Array

Leola

John P. Lapp

$20,000

Solar Array

Easton

TIW Technology

$20,000

Solar Array

Klingerstown

Stephen Haas

$12,855

Grain Dryer

Mifflinburg

Harvey Reiff

$20,000

Solar Array

McDonald

Bedner’s Farm and Greenhouse

$16,300

Energy Efficiency Improvements


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 businesses. In all, USDA announced nearly $7.4 million in energy grants today.

Today’s announcement is an example of investments the Obama Administration is making to help create jobs and grow the rural economy. For a complete listing of Rural Energy for America Program grant recipients announced today, please click here.

Since taking office, President Obama's Administration has taken historic steps to improve the lives of rural Americans, put people back to work and build thriving economies in rural communities. From proposing the American Jobs Act to establishing the first-ever White House Rural Council, the President is committed to a smarter use of existing Federal resources to foster sustainable economic prosperity and ensure the government is a strong partner for businesses, entrepreneurs and working families in rural communities. The Council is working to break down silos, find areas for better collaboration and improved flexibility in government programs, and work closely with local governments, non-profits and private companies to leverage federal support.

USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, administers and manages housing, business and community infrastructure programs through a national network of state and local offices. Rural Development has an active portfolio of more than $170 billion in loans and loan guarantees. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America.

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Last Modified:05/17/2013 
 
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