Grants offset energy costs for farmers
MADISON -– Eligible Wisconsin farmers have the opportunity to apply for grant funding to buy energy efficient grain dryers. The USDA Rural Energy for America Program helps eligible applicants install renewable energy systems or energy efficiency improvements, such as grain dryers which save more than 5,700 gallons of propane for every 100,000 bushels of corn dried.
“It is important to support both our agricultural industry and our residents,” said Department of Administration Secretary Mike Huebsch. “By using more energy efficient grain dryers during the fall agricultural harvest, farmers save in energy costs and leave more propane for home heating and other uses during the colder winter months.”
REAP funds up to 25 percent of an eligible energy efficient grain dryer through grants and provides additional support through the form of loans.
Small rural businesses, farmers, and agricultural producers are eligible to apply if they:
• Get 50 percent or more of their gross income from agricultural production;
• Are located in a rural area that has a population of less than 50,000 people;
• Apply by July 7, 2014.
For more information on REAP and to apply online, please go to www.Grants.gov, or email Brenda Heinen at Brenda.Heinen@wi.usda.gov.