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October 13, 2004

USDA Requests Public Comment on Renewable, Efficiency Program Rules

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is proposing new program rules for administering its Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvements Program, and is requesting public comments. The program was created as part of the 2002 Farm Bill, and the USDA has already committed to $45 million in grants to farmers, ranchers, and rural businesses through the program. The proposed rule formalizes the program guidelines for receiving and reviewing future grant applications, and also establishes a new process for offering loans and loan guarantees. The proposed rule change was published in the Federal Register on October 5th, and public comment will be accepted for 30 days after its publication. See the announcement and the proposed rule on the USDA Rural Development office Web site.