In a recent US Department of Agriculture report, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced new lines of funding for energy projects in 42 states, projects that represent a serious commitment on the part of the federal government to energy reform in the United States.
Since he took office in 2009, President Barack Obama and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack have been committed to pursuing green energy programs in the US. In addition to funding ethanol production across the country, hoping to wean the nation off foreign oil, the Obama administration has been pushing for innovative biofuel programs and has offered farmers grants to pursue energy efficiency.
Vilsack’s recent announcement represents a continued interest in energy independence, even as the USDA faces significant cuts in upcoming farm bills.
“As part of the Obama Administration’s ‘all-of-the-above’ energy strategy, USDA continues to work with America’s farmers, ranchers and rural businesses to help them save energy and improve their bottom line,” Vilsack said. “This program and others like it would not be available without a Food, Farm and Jobs Bill, and again I urge members of Congress to pass a bill when they return to Washington next month.”
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Written by: Justin Ellison / Farm Plus Staff Writer