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USDA Rural Development awards funding to 77 Nebraska recipients to assist with energy needs

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, U.S. Department of Agriculture 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. 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.

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

Date: 11/18/2013

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