USDA announces rural energy grants

USDA announces rural energy grants

The USDA is awarding $285 million in infrastructure grants that expand renewable energy across rural areas.

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says the nearly 850 Rural Energy for America projects support renewable energy systems and improve the efficiency of agricultural production and processing.

“This $285 million is in the form of $40.4 million in grants and it’s providing loan guarantees for $244 million,” he says.

He points to one of the smaller grants of $16,000 awarded to Marzen Family in Iowa.