Trump Administration Invests to Lower Energy Cost for Rural Missourians
Local Downing Resident Awarded Grant
The Trump Administration, along with Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development State Director for Missouri Jeff Case, announced on Wednesday, September 23, 2020, that the USDA is awarding a total of $1,691,109 in grants to rural Missouri farmers, ag producers, businesses, and institutions.
“USDA Rural Development is committed to supporting rural small businesses and ag producers. Through REAP program investments, businesses can outfit their operations with renewable energy and improve energy efficiency, while boosting their bottom line,” said Trump Administration Official State Director Case. “Under the leadership of President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Perdue, USDA has been working tirelessly to be a strong partner to rural Missouri in building stronger and healthier communities, because we know when rural America thrives, all of America thrives.”
USDA is investing in 75 renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in Missouri through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). Recipients can use REAP funding for a variety of needs, such as conducting energy audits, installing renewable energy systems, and to make energy efficiency improvements.
Among the Missouri farmers, ag producers, and rural business owners, who are making investments in their operations through REAP, is Rodney Newland. He is an agricultural producer, operating a swine production facility in Downing. Newland was awarded a $32,921 grant to purchase and install a solar array.