Rural energy development, especially on-farm energy production, responds to these challenges through clean, low-carbon renewable energy and energy efficiency opportunities, as this report documents.
The Farm Bill’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) is helping farmers and ranchers, other agriculture producers such as greenhouse growers, and rural small businesses throughout the country face and overcome these challenges.
The Farm Bill – Key Clean Energy Driver
The clean energy programs of the Farm Bill serve the nation in many ways: expanding clean energy production, slashing energy consumption and bills, promoting locally owned clean energy systems, diversifying farm income and cutting global warming pollution.
REAP and other Farm Bill clean energy programs accelerate the research, development and commercialization of many renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. In the process, American agriculture and rural communities realize new income and economic development opportunities.
Benefits of Expanding Farm Energy
REAP and other farm energy programs boost local economies in several major ways. They create demand for new jobs for system development, installation, operation and maintenance. They help small businesses, which are engines of job creation. And they increase on-farm income and keep more of our energy dollars in our local communities.
Farm energy also increases our energy independence. A stable energy supply – largely immune to the supply shortages and pollution impacts of fossil fuels – is critical to our country’s security.
Clean energy also improves environmental quality by reducing or eliminating water, air and land pollution impacts from on-farm activities and fossil fuel power sources.
With a strong national commitment to policies such as Farm Bill clean energy programs, America can today provide clean energy for jobs, security and the environment for those who follow us.
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Farm Energy Success Stories highlights clean energy projects that were made possible with grants and loan guarantees from REAP. Download ELPC’s Farm Energy Success Stories reports: