News Release
Release No.STELPRD4017881
ContactJessica Bowser785-271-2701
USDA RURAL DEVELOPMENT AWARDS ENERGY GRANTS TO 25 KANSAS SMALL BUSINESSES AND FARMERS
Topeka, Kan., Aug 15, 2012 --

@@USDA Rural Development State Director Patty Clark announced that 25 projects have been selected for funding to produce renewable energy and make energy efficiency improvements.  Funding is made available through USDA Rural Development’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), which is authorized by the 2008 Farm Bill.

“USDA Rural Development’s REAP Program assists Kansas agricultural producers and small business owners invest in energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies that help reduce their energy needs,” stated USDA Rural Development State Director Patty Clark.  “The REAP Program helps create jobs in rural Kansas and stabilizes energy costs for farmers and rural businesses.”

Kansas small businesses and farmers selected for funding include: 

Agricultural REAP Projects

City

Recipient

Amount

Project

Buhler

Milo & Leatrice Schroeder Rev. Trust

$7,088            

Energy Efficiency Improvement

Garden City

Scott L. Becker

$5,927

Energy Efficiency Improvement

Garden City

CS Bar Farms, LLC

$7,664

Energy Efficiency Improvement

Garden City

D & D Farms

$7,364

Energy Efficiency Improvement

Garden City

Andrew E. Larson Sr. Trust

$8,429

Energy Efficiency Improvement

Hesston

Donald L. & Janice Schroeder

$7,193

Energy Efficiency Improvement

Hutchinson

Elmer & Cora Nisly

$5,670

Energy Efficiency Improvement

Ingalls

Dave L. Wehkamp

$9,000

Energy Efficiency Improvement

Kingman

Bock Lakeside Farms, Inc.     

$6,640

Energy Efficiency Improvement

Liberal

Boles-Ranch LLC

$6,400

Energy Efficiency Improvement

McPherson

Foster Farms, Inc           

$8,022

Energy Efficiency Improvement

McPherson

Percy Toews

$5,420

Energy Efficiency Improvement

Moundridge

Carolyn J & Gerald C Faus Rev. Trust

$4,859

Energy Efficiency Improvement

Moundridge

Fred Seiler

$7,739

Energy Efficiency Improvement

Newton

Raymond Regier           

$6,881

Energy Efficiency Improvement

Newton

Stucky Farms, Inc.

$5,331

Energy Efficiency Improvement

Selden

David R. Kruse           

$11,024          

Energy Efficiency Improvement

Syracuse

Jess A. Schwieterman

$8,951

Energy Efficiency Improvement

Small Business REAP Projects

City

Recipient

Amount

Project

Emporia

ESB Financial

$3,150

Energy Efficiency Improvement

Emporia

John North Ford, Inc

$4,724

Energy Efficiency Improvement

Emporia

Pandel, LLC

$4,598

Energy Efficiency Improvement

Emporia

Thomas Transfer & Storage Co.

$1,877

Energy Efficiency Improvement

Gridley

Countertop Trends, LLC

$4,890

Energy Efficiency Improvement Energy

Quinter

Formation Plastics, Inc

$3,214

Energy Efficiency Improvement

Whitewater

Arc Technology, LLC           

$9,945

Installation of a Solar Photovoltaic System

The REAP Program provides grants and loan guarantees for agricultural producers and rural small businesses to reduce energy consumption and costs, use renewable energy technologies in their operations and conduct feasibility studies for renewable energy projects.

Since 2009, USDA Rural Development has awarded 139 Kansas small businesses and farmers with more than $3.8 million in financing to install renewable energy systems and make energy efficiency improvements.

USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, 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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