Posted May 8, 2014
Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack recently announced that USDA is seeking applications from rural agricultural producers and small businesses for grant and loan guarantee funding to make energy efficiency improvements or to install renewable energy systems, according to the USDA news release available here.
“Developing renewable energy presents an enormous economic opportunity for rural America,” Vilsack said.  “This funding will help farmers, ranchers and rural small business owners incorporate renewable energy and energy efficiency technology into their operations, create jobs and help America become more energy independent.  When small rural businesses and farmers cut their energy costs with cleaner and more efficient energy, we are both helping their bottom lines and reducing the amount of greenhouse gas pollution that affects our climate.”
The funding is provided through USDA’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP).
Applications for grants may not exceed 25 percent of a project’s cost – “either for stand-alone grant requests or for grants combined with loan guarantees.”
Information on how to apply for REAP funding is available here.


For more information on renewable energy, please visit the National Agricultural Law Center’s website here.