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Release No. STELPRD4022358
ContactVicki Ritterling402-437-5563
Deb Yocum402-437-5554
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(NOVEMBER 8, 2013) USDA RURAL DEVELOPMENT AWARDS FUNDING TO 77 NEBRASKA RECIPIENTS TO ASSIST WITH ENERGY NEEDS

Lincoln, Nebraska, Nov 08, 2013 -- Seventy-seven Nebraska applicants have been selected to receive $1,557,923 in loans and grants.  Funds will be used to install renewable energy systems and make energy efficiency improvements that will promote energy conservation.

“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,” said Nebraska State Director Maxine Moul, USDA Rural Development.

 

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack noted that funding announcements for rural water projects are another reminder of the importance of USDA programs for rural America.  A comprehensive new Food, Farm and Jobs Bill would further expand the rural economy.  He said that's just one reason why Congress must get a comprehensive Food, Farm and Jobs Bill done as soon as possible.

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 explore the feasibility of implementing renewable energy projects.  Additional information on the Rural Energy for America Program may be found at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/NEBusinessPrograms_Rural_Energy_for_America_Program.htm

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

Antelope:

Schultz, Frederick- Clearwater-$4,333 grant- Diesel irrigation engine to electric motor conversion

Rader, Lynn- Royal- $7,275 grant-Diesel engine to electric motor conversion, well re-bowl and pump replacement

Hoffman & Sons, Inc- Brunswick-$32,689 grant-Five diesel irrigation engine to electric motor conversions and two existing well upgrades

Box Butte:

Wohlers, Arden-Scottsbluff-$4,378 grant- Solar water pumping installation

JT Burke, Inc-Alliance- $3,657 grant-Diesel irrigation engine to electric motor conversion with associated underground wiring

Buffalo:

Foster’s Family Foods, Inc-Elm Creek- $18,500 grant-Cooler replacement

Trampe, Marlene-Kearney-$4,099 grant- Replace two existing mechanical windmills with solar powered submersible pumps

BSJ Farms Inc-Elm Creek-$33,897 grant-Gravity irrigation to sub-surface drip irrigation conversion

Schmitz, Craig-Riverdale-$49,134 grant- Replace grain dryer

Flory, Duane-Gibbon-$24,027 grant-Gravity irrigation to pivot conversion, abandon and replace well, and electric motor upgrade

Luther, Patrick-Elm Creek-$41,675 grant and $83,350 loan- Replace grain dryer

Zwiener, Wayne-Pleasanton- $27,621 grant- Gravity to pivot irrigation conversion, well rebowl, natural gas engine upgrade and associated underground piping

Chase:

Polly, Karl-Wauneta-$10,000 grant- Diesel irrigation engine to electric motor conversion, two sprinkler package upgrades, renozzling and associated underground

Polly, Kip & Kay- Wauneta-$8,104 grant-Two diesel irrigation engine to electric motor conversions and sprinkler package upgrades

Clay:

Sorsen’s Corner Market-Edgar-$14,900 grant-Replace 6 door, 8 door, 5 door, and 10 door refrigeration units with more efficient refrigeration units

Barclay, Tom-Lincoln-$21,367 grant- Gravity to pivot irrigation conversion and diesel engine to electric motor conversion

Custer:

Smith, Ronald-Broken Bow-$10,488 grant- Gravity to pivot irrigation conversion, new sprinkler package and associated underground wiring

Popp, Beryl L.-Broken Bow-$26,171 grant- Gravity to pivot irrigation conversion, rebuild pump and associated underground piping

Ostrand, Neil-Mason City-$37,145 grant- Traveling gun to pivot and sub-surface drip irrigation conversions and associated wiring

Dawson:

Nichols, Kenneth-Cozad-$29,359 grant- Gravity to pivot irrigation conversion, propane to electric motor conversion, well re-bowl, and associated underground pipe and wiring

Snider, Paul-Lexington-$22,421 grant- Gravity to sub-surface drip irrigation conversion, well re-bowl and archeological study in conjunction with environmental review

Pony Express Chevrolet, Inc.-Gothenburg- $49,700 grant-Direct use geothermal system installation

Pony Express Chevrolet, Inc-Gothenburg-$49,923 grant- Replace lighting and add roof and wall insulation to existing car dealership building

Furnas:

Schoen, Bradley-Oxford-$10,661 grant-Gravity to pivot irrigation conversion and associated underground pipe and wiring

Oxford Supermarket-Oxford-$16,158 grant- Replace freezers and meat case in grocery store

Garden:

Oshkosh Superette-Oshkosh- $20,000 grant- Compressor upgrade

Gosper:

Gardner Land and Cattle Co- Edison-$12,311 grant- Diesel and propane engines to electric motor conversions, well re-bowl, plus associated underground wiring and panels

Hall:

Andrew Woitaszewski, Inc-Wood River- $26,648 grant- Gravity to pivot irrigation conversion, diesel engine to electric motor conversion and electric motor upgrade

Jones, Gerald-Doniphan-$33,122 grant- Gravity to pivot irrigation conversion, well re-bowl and electric motor upgrade

Jerry and Linda Woitaszewski’s Corp-Wood River- $41,364 grant- Gravity to pivot irrigation conversion, abandon and replace inefficient well, electric motor upgrade, and associated underground pipe and wiring

Koepp, Robert- Grand Island-$45,848 grant- Gravity to sub-surface drip irrigation system conversion

Hamilton:

Quick, Craig-Hordville-$16,995 grant- Gated pipe to center pivot irrigation conversion and propane engine to electric motor conversion

Harlan:

J&M Flodine Farms, LLC-Omaha-$16,437 grant- Gravity to sub-surface drip irrigation system conversion

Hayes:

Obrien, Jack-Wallace-$16,383 grant- Three diesel engine to electric motor conversions and well re-bowl

Howard, Jimmie-Hayes-$12,897 grant- Diesel engine to electric motor conversion, well re-bowl, nozzle upgrade, and associated underground wiring

Obrien, Michael-Wallace-$9,518 grant- Diesel engine to electric motor conversion with well re-bowl

Sullivan, Michael-Wallace-$20,000 grant- Diesel engine to electric motor conversion with well re-bowl and submersible pump

Scott’s Grocery, LLC-Hayes Center-$14,510 grant-Upgrade refrigeration and heating/cooling systems in grocery store

Holt:

Marcellus, Carroll-Stuart-$8,288 grant-Replace two inefficient irrigation wells with a new well

Hobbs, William-Ewing-$14,531 grant-Three diesel irrigation engines to electric motor conversions

Howard:

Koperski, Mark-Farwell-$29,561 grant- Gravity to pivot irrigation upgrade, propane to electric submersible, and associated underground pipe and wiring

Kearney:

Schwenka, Dean-Heartwell-$4,036 grant-Diesel engine to electric motor conversion and associated underground wiring

Keith:

Dyck, Eldon-Paxton-$7,577 grant- Diesel engine to electric motor conversion, nozzle and regulator upgrades, and well re-bowl

Speck, Mark-Keystone-$6,176 grant- Two diesel to electric motor conversions

RMS Farms, LLC-Ogallala-$20,000 grant- Three diesel irrigation engines to electric motor conversions and well re-bowl

McBride, Sheila-Brule-$10,529 grant- Diesel irrigation engine to electric motor conversion, well re-bowl and irrigation pump replacement

Lincoln:

Nicholas, Dennis-Hershey-$8,434 grant- Diesel irrigation engine to electric motor conversion

Lunkwitz, Gerald-Gothenburg- $16,764 grant- Irrigation pivot upgrade

Robinson, Randy-North Platte- $6,101 grant- Diesel irrigation engine to electric motor conversion with associated underground wiring

Clough, Rodney-Wallace-$17,280 grant- Diesel irrigation engine to electric motor conversion, variable frequency drive and well re-bowl

Sukraw Farms Inc- Gothenburg-$12,854 grant-Irrigation corner arm pivot upgrade and installation of variable frequency drive on electric motor

Knoll, Marvin- North Platte- $35,779 grant- Six diesel irrigation engine to electric motor conversions with associated underground wiring

Logan:

Frey Farms-Stapleton-$4,517 grant- Diesel irrigation engine to electric motor conversion

Madison:

O’Brien & Sons- Tilden- $14,341 grant- Diesel irrigation engine to electric motor conversion

McPherson:

Schultis, Ryan-Tryon-$8,825 grant- Diesel irrigation engine to electric motor conversion, sprinkler package and nozzle upgrade and well updates

Perkins:

Burge Farms Partnership-Grant- $6,512 grant- Two diesel irrigation engines to electric motor conversions

Hendricks, Cecil-Grant- $10,999 grant- Energy efficiency improvements including renozzling two irrigation pivots and two well re-bowls

Peaster, Garold-Madrid-$10,712 grant- Diesel irrigation engine to electric motor conversion and associated well upgrades

Lee, Leon- Grant-$11,363 grant- Two diesel irrigation engine to electric motor conversions

Meyer, Ryal-Brule- $15,669 grant- Two diesel irrigation engine to electric motor conversions and variable frequency drive

Friesen, Yolanda- Madrid- $10,151 grant- Diesel irrigation engine to electric motor conversion, variable frequency drive and well upgrades

Phelps:

Johnson, Stanley- Holdrege-$16,342 grant- Gravity to pivot irrigation conversion

F. Allen & Dwight Schneider Farms- Funk-$25,645 grant- Gravity to pivot irrigation conversion, diesel irrigation engine to electric motor conversion, well re-bowl and associated underground pipe and wiring

Pierce:

Krienke, Ted-Pierce- $4,174 grant- Diesel irrigation engine to electric motor conversion

Anderson, Troy-Pierce- $11,188 grant- Two diesel irrigation engine to electric motor conversions

Platte:

T&K Five Star Cattle Company, Inc- Lindsay- $17,507 grant- Installation of a 25 Kw solar panel system to power a center pivot irrigation system

Red Willow:

Boner, Jason-McCook- $20,000 grant- Five diesel irrigation engine to electric motor conversions

Rock:

Bullet, Inc.-Newport-$9,783 grant- Diesel engine to electric motor conversion

Scotts Bluff:

Gering Valley Plumbing and Heating Inc.-Gering- $18,629 grant- Energy efficiency improvements including lighting, insulation and HVAC upgrades

Sherman:

Arnold, Gerald-Litchfield- $15,320 grant- Replace volume gun irrigation with a pivot and associated underground wiring and piping

Slocum, Gerald- Litchfield-$18,066 grant- Convert gravity and traveling gun irrigation systems to pivots and associated underground wiring

Stevenson, James-Ravenna-$19,999 grant- Grain dryer energy efficiency conversion

Siegel, John-Litchfield-$11,593 grant- Gravity and towline irrigation to pivot conversions and diesel engine upgrade

Obermiller, Timothy-Loup City-$3,158 grant- Diesel engine to electric motor conversion and associated underground wiring

Sioux:

Perkins, Karen- Scottsbluff- $13,000 grant- Installation of 10 Kw wind turbine

Thayer:

Hebron Central Market, Inc.-Hebron- $45,456 grant- Replace fourteen existing refrigeration/freezer units with more efficient freezer units

Olson, Roger-Firth- $39,999 grant- Pivot irrigation to sub-surface drip irrigation system conversion

For additional information on the USDA Rural Development Rural Energy for America Program, contact Deb Yocum, debra.yocum@ne.usda.gov; (402) 437-5554.  Visit www.rurdev.usda.gov/ne/.

  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.

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Last Modified:08/21/2014 
 
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