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Release No.STELPRD4022284
ContactJessica Bowser785-271-2701
SECRETARY VILSACK ANNOUNCES PROJECTS TO IMPROVE FARM, RANCH AND RURAL BUSINESS ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND GENERATION
Topeka, Kan., Sep 30, 2013 --

@@Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced funding for projects in 22 states that will help agricultural producers and rural small businesses reduce their energy consumption and costs. Funding will also allow producers to use renewable energy technologies in their operations and conduct feasibility studies for renewable energy projects. Grant and loan funding is made available through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), which is authorized by the 2008 Farm Bill.

"REAP continues to help farmers and rural businesses reduce their energy consumption and by doing so, improve the bottom line of their operations," said Acting Under Secretary for Rural Development Doug O' Brien. "This important Farm Bill program and others like it would not be available without a comprehensive Food, Farm and Jobs Bill."

REAP helps producers reduce energy costs and increase efficiency. In Kansas, 38 small businesses and agricultural producers received a total of $394,000 in REAP funding for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in the state.

Agricultural REAP Projects

County

Recipient

Amount

Project

Atchison

Larry Becker

$20,000

Replace grain dryer

Barton

Essmiller Brothers Farms, LTD

$5,993

Replace irrigation pump

Barton

Dale G. and Bernadette J. Unruh

$10,046

Replace irrigation motors

Barton

Loving Farms, Inc.

$5,433

Replace irrigation motor and pump

Barton

Sheryl A. Dale Revocable Trust

$5,762

Replace irrigation motor

Barton

Southard-Donovan Family Farms, Inc

$10,116

Replace irrigation motor

Brown

William H. Becker

$32,671

Replace grain dryer

Coffey

Gunlock and Gleue Designs

$2,942

Installing insulation

Doniphan

Neibling Farms, Inc.

$20,000

Replace grain dryers

Harvey

Milferd J and Jane Dirks

$11,240

Convert diesel irrigation system to electric

Harvey

RV Farms, Inc.

$9,379

Convert diesel irrigation system to natural gas

Harvey

Weber Land, LLC

$26,122

Replace three diesel irrigation systems

Harvey

FRK Farms/Roger L and Inez M Unruh

$3,988

Convert diesel irrigation system to electric

Harvey

G and C Farms, Inc.

$8,007

Convert diesel irrigation system to electric

Harvey

Gordon W. Schmidt / Gordon W. Schmidt Trust

$18,000

Convert diesel irrigation system to electric

Harvey

Bernard W. Harder Trust

$20,000

Convert diesel irrigation system to electric

McPherson

Edith J. Graber Trust

$6,541

Replace irrigation motor

McPherson

Douglas W. and Laurie Sawyer

$3,467

Replace irrigation motor

McPherson

Donald and Arthena H. Brubaker

$8,187

Replace irrigation motor

McPherson

Don and Kathy Penner Family Trust

$5,989

Replace irrigation motor

McPherson

Jeff W. Foster and Dayna S. Foster Family Trust

$3,920

Convert diesel engine to electric

McPherson

Margaret A. Sawyer Trust

$8,948

Replace irrigation motor

McPherson

Henry J. Siemens and Sherry L. Siemens Revocable Trust

$15,789

Replace irrigation system

Pawnee

William E. and Janet Fleske

$4,088

Replace frequency drive on irrigation pump

Pawnee

Carol L. Kasselder

$5,243

Irrigation well improvements; install new pump, motor and variable frequency drive

Pawnee

Bryan L. Fischer

$9,982

Convert diesel irrigation pump to electric

Pratt

JK Farms

$5,849

Replace irrigation motor

Reno

Albert J and Lovella Fern Franz

$16,053

Replace diesel irrigation motors with electric

Stafford

KWBB, Inc.

$8,108

Irrigation well improvements; install new pump, motor and variable frequency drive

Small Business REAP Projects

County

Recipient

Amount

Project

Bourbon

French’s

$2,200

Installing reflective roofing system

Bourbon

L and B Enterprises, Inc.

$5,079

Replace HVAC and doors

Bourbon

Joshua and Juliet McClellan

$6,201

Replace HVAC

Bourbon

BAJA Investments, LLC

$4,860

Replace HVAC and windows

Lyon

Historic Breckenridge, LLC

$33,000

Replace windows

Marion

Unrau Farms, LLC

$9,850

Install insulation, windows and lighting in a machine shed

Reno

Jako, Inc.

$9,900

Install solar panels

Sedgwick

Randall L Jackson

$3,987

Install solar panels

Under the terms of REAP, up to 25 percent of eligible project costs can be funded through a grant, and additional support can be provided in the form of a loan guarantee. Since the start of the Obama Administration, REAP has helped fund nearly 8,000 renewable energy and energy efficiency projects nationwide.

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 private funding sources. REAP also helps the conservation of natural resources and the development of new forms of energy that reduce America's dependence on fossil fuels and creates a stronger rural economy. Follow this link to view the complete list of recipients announced today under the REAP program.

Today's REAP announcement helps support the June 2013 announcement of President Obama's Climate Action Plan, which outlines a comprehensive approach to reduce carbon pollution and better prepare the United States for the impacts of climate change. USDA continues helping rural America innovate to lead the world against modern climate challenges, and a summary of the USDA's efforts are available at www.usda.gov/climatesolutions.

More information about USDA's role and accomplishments in renewable energy can be found here: www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?navid=ENERGY featuring access to agricultural, forestry, economic, and socio data on energy through several web-based tools: the USDA Renewable Energy Investment Map, the Renewable Energy Tool and Energy Matrix. These tools focus on USDA's investments and projects for energy, energy efficiency, and conservation programs; provides information and data to a broad spectrum of stakeholders, including: farmers, ranchers, forest landowners, managers, lenders, community developers, related companies, small businesses, researchers, developers, and federal, state and local government agencies.

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, 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.

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