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USDA Awarding Assistance for Energy Efficient Improvements

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced that it will be awarding assistance to agricultural producers and rural communities for energy efficient improvements and renewable energy projects.

The funding for these projects comes from USDA’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), which originated in the 2008 Farm Bill. Since its creation, REAP has resulted in more than 6,800 successful projects on farms, ranches and rural economies.

In the quest to reduce energy costs nationwide, USDA is accepting applications for the following projects:

•Renewable energy system and energy efficiency improvement grant applications and combination grant and guaranteed loan applications until April 30, 2013;
•Renewable energy system feasibility study grant applications through April 30, 2013; and
•Renewable energy system and energy efficiency improvement guaranteed loan only applications until July 15, 2013.
More information on how to apply for funding is available in the March 29, 2013 Federal Register, pages 19183-19190. is dedicated to serving the agricultural industry in the Carolinas and Virginia with the latest ag news, exclusive regional weather station readings, and key crop market information. The website is a companion of the Southern Farm Network, provider of daily agricultural radio programming to the Carolinas since 1974. presents radio programs, interviews and news relevant to crop and livestock production and research throughout the mid-Atlantic agricultural community.