Welcome to FarmEnergy.org! We hope you find the new site helpful and we welcome your comments.
This website provides information on the Energy Title programs of the Federal Farm Bill and energy efficiency and renewable energy opportunities that benefit farmers, ranchers and rural communities.
The 2002 Farm Bill started to tap the potential of rural America to provide clean renewable energy. Several programs in the 2002 Farm Bill helped to jump start growth in biofuels, biogas, wind power, solar and energy efficiency. American farmers, ranchers and rural small businesses have responded enthusiastically, with growing applications far exceeding program resources.
The 2008 Farm Bill significantly expanded the size and scope of the existing Energy Title programs, and also added new ones, with a special emphasis on encouraging the development of sustainable biofuels production through dedicated energy crops and biorefinery construction.
A cornerstone of the Energy Title is the Rural Energy for America Program, or REAP. Formerly the Section 9006 Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvements Program, REAP offers cost-share grants and loan guarantees to farmers and other agricultural producers, ranchers and rural small businesses to help them invest in new clean energy technologies. With thousands of project awards in nearly every state in the country, REAP is proving to be a strong success for farmers, rural economic development and the environment.
This site is sponsored by the Environmental Law & Policy Center (ELPC). You can learn more about ELPC here.