|AGRICULTURE SECRETARY VILSACK ANNOUNCES FUNDING FOR PROJECTS TO BOOST RENEWABLE ENERGY PRODUCTION, REDUCE ENERGY CONSUMPTION|
|Topeka, Kan., Oct 19, 2012
@@Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced funding for 244 projects nationwide that are focused on helping agricultural producers and rural small businesses reduce energy consumption and costs, and use renewable energy technologies in their operations. Funding is made available through USDA's Rural Energy for America Program (REAP).
"As part of President Obama's "all of the above" energy strategy, USDA has partnered with thousands of America's farmers, ranchers and rural businesses to help them save energy and improve their bottom line," said Vilsack. "This effort is helping to provide stable energy costs that create an environment for sustainable job growth in rural America."
REAP offers financial assistance to 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 over $16 million in energy investments today.
In Kansas, 11 projects received REAP funding that totaled $632,017.
“USDA Rural Development’s REAP program has assisted several rural Kansas businesses and agricultural producers invest in renewable energy sources or energy-efficient upgrades,” stated USDA Rural Development State Director Patty Clark. “We look forward to continuing to partner with rural Kansans to secure our energy future and create an economy that maintains and creates jobs.”
For a complete listing of Rural Energy for America Program grant and loan recipients announced today, please click here.
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 $172 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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