Wisconsin users of farm equipment may see a financial boost thanks to funds recently made available through the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Almost $2.7 million in grants and loans were awarded through the USDA Rural Development's Rural Energy for America Program, along with three other initiatives. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said he and President Barack Obama are dedicated to helping agricultural producers and rural businesses find ways to become energy efficient and locate additional sources of income.
"This funding will not only help Wisconsin farmers and small business owners reduce energy costs, but also improve their bottom line," Vilsack said.
Funding available through REAP can be used in a number of ways, including paying for energy audits and feasibility assessments. The money was made available through the 2008 Farm Bill.
The USDA offers other grant and loan opportunities as well, including those associated with natural disasters and providing funding for farmers who are trying to get their start. People who are interested in securing assistance can start by going to the department's website or by visiting their local Farm Service Agency office.