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September 06, 2006

USDA Awards $17.5 Million for Rural Development

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced August 30th that $17.5 million in Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Program Grants have been awarded to 375 recipients in 36 states. Part of the 2002 Farm Bill, the grant program awards funding to agricultural producers, rural small business, U.S. citizens, and legal U.S. residents. Rural Development grant funds can be used to pay up to 25 percent of costs for eligible projects, which include wind, solar, biomass, geothermal, and hydrogen energy projects.

Energique Inc., an herbal supplier in Woodbine, Iowa, will use its $31,444 grant for a geothermal heating and cooling system that will provide energy savings of up to 60 percent. Brubaker Farms in Pennsylvania will receive a $223,249 grant to install an anaerobic complete mix digester to produce energy from farm waste. States receiving funding are Alaska, Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Massachusetts, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, Wisconsin, West Virginia, and Wyoming. See the USDA press release and the full list of recipients (PDF 126 KB). Download Adobe Reader.