Farmers and Local Groups

Community Wind projects get a boost from Washington State

Washington State August 30, 2010 The State of Washington has awarded Cascade Community Wind Company (CCWC) one million dollars (30% grant 70% low interest loan) to help install up to eight community wind turbines before December 2011.

USDA Funding for Renewable Energy Available

May 4, 2010 - 1:29pm -- Anonymous


Washington, D.C., May 4, 2010 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA is seeking applications to increase the production and use of renewable energy sources. Funding is available from four USDA Rural Development renewable energy programs authorized by the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (Farm Bill). USDA is accepting applications for grants and loan guarantees in the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) until June 30, 2010.

December 2007 Farm Bill Update

December 20, 2007 - 9:05am -- Anonymous

With the Energy Bill being signed this week void of a national Renewable Energy Standard, many Americans are wondering how other policy can help support renewable energy development in rural America. One answer is the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP, previously called Section 9006 of the Farm Bill), which provides grants and loan guarantees to farmers, ranchers and rural, small businesses for renewable energy development and energy efficiency improvements.

Ag Community Wind Energy Webinar


This is to announce the first in a series of web casts sponsored by Wind Powering America with the purpose of reaching out to the Ag community. These web casts will occur every other month, the first taking place on Thursday, December 13, 2007 at 9:00 PST, 10:00 MST, 11:00 CST, and 12:00 EST. The first web cast will cover the current status of the wind industry, along with the economic development and environmental benefits of wind energy, and will present some results of the AWEA/NREL analysis of the impacts of generating 20% of the Nation’s electricity from wind by 2030.

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Rural Cooperatives Magazine features wind energy

The November/December 2007 issue of Rural Cooperatives, a magazine published by USDA Rural Development, features wind energy.

The issue includes stories about:

  • the Minwind projects in Luverne, MN,
  • how USDA 9006 grants are supporting wind energy in Iowa,
  • the technician training program at Iowa Lakes Community College,
  • the Trimont, MN wind project,
  • the Corn Plus Ethanol plant wind project in Winnebago, MN,
  • Basin Electric Power Cooperative's wind initatives,
  • Illinois Rural Electric Coop's wind turbine, and
  • a great piece about opportunities for coops to participate in wind energy.

You can read Rural Cooperatives online by clicking here.

Nebraska Farmer's Union Convention


The theme of this year's convention will focus on renewable energy economic opportunities for farmers, ranchers and rural communities.

Ethanol, cellulosic ethanol, biodiesel, carbon sequestration, and farmer- and community-owned wind (technology) each represent a new renewable energy based market with new sources of revenue.

In order to maximize the long-term economic benefits of these new value-added renewable energy opportunities for rural communities, the converence will focus on farmer and community ownership of this new renewable energy development.

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