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USDA Boosts REAP Program with $16 Million for Renewable Energy Projects

The USDA has unveiled a new initiative aimed at assisting agricultural producers in accessing funding for renewable energy projects. The Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) will receive a boost of $16 million through the REAP Technical Assistance Grants Program. This funding is intended to provide support to farmers, ranchers, and rural small business owners as they navigate the application process for REAP funds. Eligible recipients of these grants include various entities such as state, Tribal, or local governments, colleges and universities, electric cooperatives, utility companies, as well as for-profit and nonprofit organizations.

The goal of this program is to help rural agricultural producers and small business owners apply for REAP funding, educate them on ways to enhance the energy efficiency of their operations, and promote the adoption of renewable energy technologies. Since December 2022, the USDA has made up to $1.3 billion available in REAP funding under the Inflation Reduction Act. Interested parties must submit their applications by March 15, as outlined in the Federal Register. This initiative underscores the USDA’s commitment to supporting sustainability and innovation in the agricultural sector, paving the way for a greener future for rural communities across the country.

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