USDA Seeks Energy Applications

The US Department of Agriculture recently announced that it was inviting applications to participate in the agency’s energy efficiency and renewable energy programs, funded through the Rural Energy for America Program.
The USDA’s energy program is part of a longstanding effort by Secretary Tom Vilsack and President Barack Obama to encourage green energy production and increase energy efficiency. While most of the USDA’s effort has been focused on defending ethanol production, it has also worked with small farmers to gradually encourage and promote efficient uses of energy.
“The Obama Administration continues its commitment to help our nation become more energy independent by partnering with agricultural producers and rural small businesses as they build renewable energy systems and reduce energy usage,” said Vilsack. “These investments will not only help our farmers and rural small businesses reduce energy costs, but also provide a new potential revenue source and stabilize their operations’ bottom lines.”
Since the passage of the 2008 Farm Bill, REAP has funded almost 7,000 renewable and energy efficiency programs.
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Written by: Justin Ellison / Farm Plus Staff Writer