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Release No. STELPRD4021848
ContactVicki Schurman402-437-5563
Deb Yocum402-437-5554
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    Lincoln, Nebraska, Aug 20, 2013 -- Twenty-five Nebraska recipients have been selected to receive $318,294 in loans and grants. Funds will be used to install renewable energy systems and make energy efficiency improvements that will promote energy conservation. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) remains focused on carrying out its mission, despite a time of significant budget uncertainty. Today's announcement is one part of the Department's efforts to strengthen the rural economy.

    “These energy dollars will help make needed energy conservation improvements and install new renewable energy systems,” said Nebraska State Director Maxine Moul, USDA Rural Development.  “Through these projects, energy consumption will be reduced, thereby making more dollars available to be kept within rural Nebraska there by assisting the state’s rural economy.”

    The funding was made available through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP).  This program provides opportunities for farmers and rural small business owners to install renewable energy systems and make energy efficiency improvements, as well as explore the feasibility of implementing renewable energy projects.  Additional information on the Rural Energy for America Program may be found at

    Detailed below by county are the energy projects selected from the Nebraska State Office allocation of funding. Funding is contingent upon the recipient meeting the conditions of the grant and loan agreements.


    BKH, Inc. –Ravenna- $4,553 grant- Diesel irrigation engine to electric motor conversion and associated underground wiring.

    Hauschild, David –Grand Island- $6,138 grant- Diesel irrigation engine to electric motor conversion and associated underground wiring.


    Jim’s Food Center-Randolph-$7,975 grant- Replace existing 14 door refrigeration units with new energy efficient units.


    The Butcher Shop, Inc.-$15,870 grant- Replace existing heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) with closed loop geothermal unit.


    McFarland Family Farms dba Mac’s Creek Winery –Lexington- $15,421 grant- Replace wine tanks and chiller in winery.

    Sander, Chadd dba Sander Furniture –Gothenburg- $17,777 grant- Replace existing heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system, add insulation to the exterior walls and to the roof.


    Ambrosek, Inc –Haisler- $6,535 grant- Diesel irrigation engine to electric motor conversion and associated underground wiring.


    Paulsen, Charles dba Budaroo’s–Oshkosh- $8,627 grant and $17,200 guaranteed loan- Replace roof and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system in a floral shop.

    Circle Famo Ranch, LLC-Oshkosh-$10,654 grant-Diesel irrigation engine to electric motor conversion, variable frequency drive and associated underground wiring.


    Christensen, Howard –Hayes Center- $9,426 grant- Convert two diesel irrigation engines to electric motors and associated underground wiring.


    Holm, George-O’Neill-$7,896 grant- Replace freezer, broiler, fryer and water heater in the Dairy Queen.

    Strong, Gary dba Village Market-Chambers-$10,365 grant-Replace freezers, coolers, and lighting in grocery store.


    Chris Erickson Farms, Inc. –Holdrege- $11,538 grant- Convert two diesel irrigation engines to electric motors with associated underground wiring, and re-bowl two irrigation wells.


    Johnson, John P. (Elite Sports and Elite Cellular)-Ogallala-$1,550 grant- Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) upgrade.

    Welsh, Clifford-Brule-$6,528 grant-Diesel irrigation engine to electric motor conversion with associated underground wiring.


    BOWA Properties, LLC-Bloomfield-$20,946 grant- Replace existing heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system, upgrade windows, doors, siding and add exterior wall insulation.


    RYARAI, LLC-Lincoln-$49,999 grant- Install two flexible fuel pumps and underground storage tank at existing gas station and convenience store located in Roca.


    S&J Birdwood Farm Inc.–Hershey- $4,586 grant- Diesel irrigation engine to electric motor conversion.


    Smith, Conrad –Kearney- $12,485 grant- Convert four diesel irrigation engines to electric motors.


    Countryside Market –Bertrand- $5,779 grant- Replace existing eight door refrigeration units with new efficient units.

    Lee Janssen Motor Co.-Holdrege-$12,492 grant- Replacing lighting in showroom and outdoors.


    Tom’s Service LLC–Pierce- $33,225 grant- Install flexible fuel pump and E85 compatible underground storage tank.


    Sybrant, Kelly dba The Whistle Stop, LLC-Bassett-$7,432 grant-Add insulation to roof, replace windows, doors and lighting.

    Sandhill Equipment-Bassett-$9,928- Add insulation and replace lighting through building.


    Walthill Service, LLC-Walthill-$3,369 grant-Add ceiling insulation up to R-49 value to an existing building.

    For additional information on the USDA Rural Development Rural Energy for America Program, contact Deb Yocum,; (402) 437-5554.  Visit

    President Obama's plan for rural America has brought about historic investment and resulted in stronger rural communities. Under the President's leadership, these investments in housing, community facilities, businesses and infrastructure have empowered rural America to continue leading the way - strengthening America's economy, small towns and rural communities.

    USDA's investments in rural communities support the rural way of life that stands as the backbone of our American values. President Obama and Agriculture Secretary Vilsack are committed to a smarter use of Federal resources to foster sustainable economic prosperity and ensure the government is a strong partner for businesses, entrepreneurs and working families in rural communities.

    USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, has a portfolio of programs designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America. USDA has made a concerted effort to deliver results for the American people, even as the Department implements sequestration - the across-the-board budget reductions mandated under terms of the Budget Control Act.

    USDA has already undertaken historic efforts since 2009 to save more than $828 million in taxpayer funds through targeted, common-sense budget reductions. These reductions have put USDA in a better position to carry out its mission, while implementing sequester budget reductions in a fair manner that causes as little disruption as possible.


    USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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Last Modified:08/21/2014 
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