Marcy Kaptur

06/27/2024 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 06/27/2024 13:55

Congresswoman Kaptur Announces USDA Rural Development Award for HD Grain Farms in Whitehouse Ohio to Lower Energy Costs and Create JobsPress ReleaseTradeJobs and the EconomyEnergy

Washington, DC - Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development and senior member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture announced a $156,893 United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Grant through the Rural Energy For America Program (Reap) for HD Grain Farms of Whitehouse, Ohio. This Rural Development investment will be used to purchase and install energy efficient grain dryer at HD Grain Farms in Whitehouse, Ohio. This project is expected to save the business $21,053 in annual energy costs and generate 413,025 kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity, enough to power 38 homes. This energy efficiency upgrade will offset 50 percent of the business energy consumption annually. The total project cost is $313,785, with $156,892 provided by HD Grain Farms, and the remaining balance coming from this USDA Rural Development REAP grant award.

"I am thrilled to see these dollars coming back home to help HD Grain Farms lower their annual energy costs" said Congresswoman Kaptur (OH-09). "As a senior member of the House Appropriations Agriculture Subcommittee, I have long fought for more investment in our farmers, growers, and producers across our region, and I continue to do so every single day in Washington. I often say what America makes and grows, makes and grows America, and this federal investment in renewable and energy efficiency will help to grow our local and national economy from the middle out and bottom up."

"We are thankful for the opportunity provided by the USDA to cost-share our grain dryer upgrade with the REAP grant," said Matt Ditzig, HD Grain Farms LLC. "It is a good feeling to know that the government is willing and able to help out small family-owned businesses make energy-efficient upgrades to their operations. The energy savings will benefit us for years to come."

"The Biden-Harris Administration and USDA are committed to expanding access to modern clean energy systems and fueling options that strengthen the nation's energy independence while creating good-paying jobs and saving rural Americans money," said USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack. "We are excited to partner with hundreds more family farms and small businesses as well as rural electric cooperatives and local clean energy developers to address the impacts of climate change, grow the economy and keep rural communities throughout the country strong and resilient.

Since the start of the Biden Administration, USDA has invested more than $2.1 Billion through REAP in 7,216 renewable energy and energy efficiency improvements that will help rural business owners lower energy costs, generate new income, and strengthen their resiliency of operations. USDA continues to accept REAP applications and will hold funding competitions quarterly through Sept. 30, 2024. The funding includes a dedicated portion for underutilized renewable energy technologies. For additional information, contact a local energy coordinator. A complete list of all REAP projects can be found by clicking here.

USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities, create jobs and improve the quality of life for millions of Americans in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural, tribal and high-poverty areas. Visit the Rural Data Gateway to learn how and where these investments are impacting rural America.

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