August 14, 2012
Harkin Welcomes $1.35 Million USDA Investment in Iowa Renewable Energy Programs
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today welcomed an announcement from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack that a total of $1,356,000 will be coming to Iowa to invest in alternative energy projects. The funding is administered under the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), which helps farmers and rural small businesses employ energy efficiency or renewable energy technologies in their operations. The program helps to reduce the costs and environmental impacts of conventional energy. Harkin, as chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, authored REAP, included it in the 2002 farm bill and improved it in the 2008 farm bill. He is now a senior member of the Agriculture Committee as well as a senior member of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee that funds agricultural and rural energy initiatives.
“These grants and loans will help Iowa farmers and businesses lower their energy consumption and costs by installing energy efficient and renewable systems, making their operations more cost-effective and cleaner,” Harkin said. “In the movement towards energy independence, Iowa has become a leader. This funding will help farmers and businesses stay competitive, while reducing America’s dependence on foreign oil. The REAP program is good for our economy and good for Iowa producers.”
A list of the nine Iowa projects awarded REAP funding today can be found here: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/SupportDocuments/rdREAPRecipientsAugust2012.pdf.