01/14/2020 | News release | Distributed by Public on 01/14/2020 10:51
WASHINGTON, D.C - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today announced $773,000 in federal investments for 25 projects to help Michigan farmers and small businesses address the climate crisis by making their operations more energy efficient. These projects include solar panels, geothermal heating and cooling units, and equipment and lighting upgrades.
'While carbon pollution poses a major threat to our Michigan way of life, farmers and rural business owners are stepping up to be part of the solution,' said Senator Stabenow. 'These investments will expand the use of renewable energy and clean energy technology and help lower utility costs for our farmers and small businesses.'
The investment comes through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Energy for America Program, which is a part of the 2018 Farm Bill co-authored by Senator Stabenow. The bipartisan bill enacted the most ambitious and bipartisan climate-smart agriculture policies to date with the support of 87 Senators. In addition to the rural clean energy investments, the bill improved crop insurance, agriculture conservation programs, and forest health initiatives to help address the climate crisis.