USDA projects to improve farms, ranches and rural businesses
Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced funding for projects in 22 states that will help agricultural producers and rural small businesses reduce their energy consumption and costs. Funding will also allow producers to use renewable energy technologies in their operations and conduct feasibility studies for renewable energy projects. Grant and loan funding is made available through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Energy for America Program, which is authorized by the 2008 farm bill.
“REAP continues to help farmers and rural businesses reduce their energy consumption and by doing so, improve the bottom line of their operations,” said Acting Undersecretary for Rural Development Doug O’ Brien. “This important farm bill program and others like it would not be available without a comprehensive Food, Farm and Jobs Bill.”
REAP helps producers reduce energy costs and increase efficiency. In Kansas, 38 small businesses and agricultural producers received a total of $394,000 in REAP funding for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in the state.
Atchison—Larry Becker, $20,000, Replace grain dryer
Barton—Essmiller Brothers Farms, LTD, $5,993, replace irrigation pump;
Barton—Dale G. and Bernadette J. Unruh, $10,046, replace irrigation motors;
Barton—Loving Farms, Inc., $5,433, replace irrigation motor and pump;
Barton—Sheryl A. Dale Revocable Trust, $5,762, replace irrigation motor;
Barton—Southard-Donovan Family Farms, Inc., $10,116, replace irrigation motor;
Brown—William H. Becker, $32,671, replace grain dryer;
Coffey—Gunlock and Gleue Designs, $2,942, installing insulation;
Doniphan—Neibling Farms, Inc., $20,000, replace grain dryers;
Harvey—Marlin K. Unruh, $7,060, convert diesel irrigation system to electric;
Harvey—Milferd J and Jane Dirks—$11,240, convert diesel irrigation system to electric;
Harvey—RV Farms, Inc., $9,379, convert diesel irrigation system to natural gas;
Harvey—Weber Land, LLC, $26,122, replace diesel irrigation systems (3);
Harvey—FRK Farms/Roger L and Inez M Unruh, $3,988, convert diesel irrigation system to electric;
Harvey—G and C Farms, Inc. $8,007, convert diesel irrigation system to electric;
Harvey—Gordon W. Schmidt/Gordon W. Schmidt Trust, $18,000, convert diesel irrigation system to electric;
Harvey—Bernard W. Harder Trust, $20,000, convert diesel irrigation system to electric;
McPherson—Edith J. Graber Trust, $6,541, replace irrigation motor;
McPherson—Douglas W. and Laurie Sawyer, $3,467, replace irrigation motor;
McPherson—Donald and Arthena H. Brubaker, $8,187, replace irrigation motor;
McPherson—Don and Kathy Penner Family Trust, $5,989, replace irrigation motor;
McPherson—Jeff W. Foster and Dayna S. Foster Family Trust, $3,920, convert diesel engine to electric;
McPherson—Margaret A. Sawyer Trust, $8,948, replace irrigation motor;
McPherson—Henry J. Siemens and Sherry L. Siemens Revocable Trust, $15,789, replace irrigation system;
Pawnee—William E. and Janet Fleske, $4,088, replace frequency drive on irrigation pump;
Pawnee—Carol L. Kasselder, $5,243, irrigation well improvements; install new pump, motor and variable frequency drive;
Pawnee—Bryan L. Fischer, $9,982, convert diesel irrigation pump to electric;
Pratt—JK Farms, $5,849, replace irrigation motor;
Reno—Albert J and Lovella Fern Franz, $16,053, replace diesel irrigation motors with electric; and
Stafford—KWBB, Inc., $8,108, irrigation well improvements; install new pump, motor and variable frequency drive.
Small business REAP projects
Bourbon—French’s $2,200, installing reflective roofing system;
Bourbon—L and B Enterprises, Inc., $5,079, replace HVAC and doors;
Bourbon—Joshua and Juliet McClellan, $6,201, replace HVAC;
Bourbon—BAJA Investments, LLC, $4,860, replace HVAC and windows;
Lyon—Historic Breckenridge, LLC, $33,000, replace windows;
Marion—Unrau Farms, LLC, $9,850, install insulation, windows and lighting in a machine shed;
Reno—Jako, Inc., $9,900, install solar panels; and
Sedgwick—Randall L Jackson, $3,987, install solar panels.
Under the terms of REAP, up to 25 percent of eligible project costs can be funded through a grant, and additional support can be provided in the form of a loan guarantee. Since the start of the Obama Administration, REAP has helped fund nearly 8,000 renewable energy and energy efficiency projects nationwide.
REAP offers financial assistance to farmers, ranchers and rural small businesses to purchase and install renewable energy systems and make energy efficiency improvements. These federal funds leverage other private funding sources. REAP also helps the conservation of natural resources and the development of new forms of energy that reduce America’s dependence on fossil fuels and creates a stronger rural economy.