U.S. Department of Agriculture News Release
LINCOLN, NEB. – Nebraska Rural Development State Director Karl Elmshaeuser announces that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded $203,493 in Nebraska to reduce energy costs for agricultural producers and rural small businesses. “The energy projects funded will help to lower energy costs which will improve the recipients’ bottom lines and create jobs,” Elmshaeuser said. “Dollars saved will be available to be reinvested into Nebraska’s economy making it even stronger.” Nebraska recipients include: Continue reading here.
- Renewable energy funds available for farmers, by Cody Smith, Policy Associate at The Center for Rural Affairs, Record Herald
- USDA Invests in Energy Efficiency Improvements to Help Farmers, Rural Businesses and Ag Producers Lower Energy Costs, USDA News Release
- USDA Has More Than $400 Million Still Available for Renewable Energy System and Energy Efficiency Loan Guarantees, USDA News Release
- REAP Fact Sheet: Applicants must provide at least 75% of the project cost if applying for a grant only, or at least 25% of the project cost if applying for a loan, or loan and grant combination. Besides REAP grants, taking advantage of additional federal and local incentives and rebates can significantly reduce a project’s final cost. Click link and scroll down to resources.
More Ag News
- Tons happening with agriculture right now, Melissa Bartels, Nebraska Extension-UNL
What’s going on in Ag? The USDA reported this month that 19.4 million acres in the nation were not able to be planted; this is the most acres reported since the USDA Farm Service Agency began releasing the report in 2007. Twelve Midwestern states account for more than 73 percent of those prevent plant acres; flooding and heavy rainfall prevented the planting of mostly corn, soybeans and wheat. Approximately a half of a million acres within Nebraska were prevent plant. In our region, Butler County had over 7,000 acres reported to the USDA as prevent plant and Polk County had a little over 1,000 acres.
- USDA reports 19 million prevented planting acres in nation, Nebraska TV
Previously Posted Ag News
- The climate solutions beneath our feet, by Melissa Ho, Senior Vice President, Freshwater and Food, World Wildlife Fund. Published by GreenBiz. By using a combination of climate-smart practices — rotational cattle grazing on native grasslands, planting cover crops to keep soil in place and enrich it with nutrients, innovative feed options that provide nutrition and increase the efficiency of an animal’s gut biome — a producer theoretically could achieve net negative emissions.
- Big Food turning to regenerative agriculture to meet sustainability goals, Food Dive
September 8, 2019, 1:30 to 3pm: Climate Change in Nebraska with Dr. Martha Shulski, Director of Nebraska State Climate Office-UNL. Hosted by Green Bellevue at Bellevue University, Hitchcock Humanities Center, Room 202. Additional details here. Dr. Shulski was among those interviewed for the above CBS documentary.