Farm Energy Success Stories, 2014 Edition

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A new report from the Environmental Law & Policy Center (ELPC) highlights clean energy projects made possible with grants and loan guarantees from the Farm Bill’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). You can read these stories in a variety of ways:

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Water, Energy, and Agriculture: Another Reason to Support Renewable Energy

Renewable energy helps America reduce our reliance on fossil fuels, create jobs, and reduce pollution. Recent reports from the Union of Concerned Scientists, the River Network, and the Congressional Research Service illustrate another benefit with huge implications for agriculture: renewable electricity production consumes far less water than coal and natural gas, leaving more water available for American farmers.

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Congress Considers Very Different Farm Bills

As the Senate continues debate on the Farm Bill, the stakes are high for a growing source of new farm income, jobs, business opportunities and environmental progress. Farm Bill clean energy programs leverage private investment to tap renewable resources of all sorts from America’s agricultural sector as a new, reliable “cash crop” that increases and diversifies income and creates jobs.

The Agriculture Committees of the House and Senate passed sharply different Farm Bills, with big differences for clean energy progress. The Senate Ag Committee provided funding to continue program operations, although at lower levels, while the House Farm Bill eliminates mandatory funding entirely for energy programs.

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REAP Funding Notice for 2013 Released

The USDA on Friday, March 29th, released a funding notice for the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) for 2013. While the funding levels have diminished, the funding this year will help hundreds of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects around the country reach fruition.

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Video: Save Farm Energy Programs

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Application Period Now Open for Biomass Crop Assistance Program Project Areas

The USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) is now accepting applications for the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) Project Areas. Proposals will be accepted until close of business, April 23, 2012.

“BCAP is an important and unique program that develops new biomass energy crops that can boost farmer income while providing a new energy source for the nation. It has potential across the country,” said Steve Falck, Senior Policy Advocate for the Environmental Law & Policy Center (ELPC).

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