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USDA Has Over $400 Million Still Available for REAP
Michigan Ag Connection - 07/19/2019

Acting Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Joel Baxley Thursday encouraged farmers, rural small businesses and agricultural producers to apply for financing in a key U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) program that provides loan guarantees to help rural small businesses lower their energy costs.

"Under the leadership of President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Perdue, USDA is committed to increasing economic development in rural communities across the country through strong partnerships with rural businesses," Baxley said. "USDA's Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) is an important tool to help strengthen and grow the rural economy."

USDA accepts applications for REAP funding year-round. Interested applicants can contact USDA Rural Development in Michigan at 517-324-5157.

"This is an excellent opportunity for Michigan agriculture to become more energy-efficient and competitive," said USDA Rural Development state director for Michigan Jason Allen. "While we have funds available, the earlier you apply, the better."

REAP funding can be used for renewable energy systems such as anaerobic digesters, biomass, geothermal, hydropower, wind and solar. It also can be used to make energy efficiency improvements to heating, ventilation and cooling systems; insulation; and lighting and refrigeration. Below are some examples of USDA's REAP investments.

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