President Boosts Farm Energy Funding

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

President Obama’s proposed 2011 budget slates Farm Bill clean energy programs for some needed growth. The Administration released its budget in early February, and in it the President boosts next year’s funding level for REAP to its highest level ever: $109 million. The budget adds $39 million of discretionary funding on top of the $70 million in “mandatory” funding in the 2008 Farm Bill. (more…)

Annual REAP Funding Grows to Nearly $100 Million

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

Good news on a key funding victory for the Farm Bill Energy Title! On October 16, 2009, the President signed the 2010 agriculture appropriations budget into law. The bill significantly increases the Rural Energy for America Program’s (REAP) total funding by adding an additional $39.34 million in discretionary funding to the program. That funding, in combination with the $60 million in mandatory funding for next year, increases total REAP funding to $99.34 million. (more…)

Senate Boosts REAP and Biorefinery Funding for Next Year!

Friday, August 7th, 2009

200px-Us_senate_sealAnother key funding victory for the Farm Bill Energy Title! On August 4, 2009, the full U.S. Senate passed the FY 2010 Agriculture appropriations budget. The Senate’s budget doubles total REAP funding by adding an additional $68.1 million in discretionary funding, and boosts the Biorefinery Assistance Program funding by $17.339 million. The Senate’s vote endorsed the earlier Senate Appropriations Committee’s FY 2010 budget proposal.

By adding $68.1 million in discretionary funding, the Senate’s proposal would boost total REAP funding for next year to $128.1 million ($60 million in mandatory funding + $68.1 million in discretionary funding).


Senate Committee Votes to Double Funding for Rural Energy for America Program; Increases Funding for New Biorefineries

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009


July 8, 2009

Late yesterday the US Senate Committee on Appropriations voted to boost funding for farm energy programs that will create more clean energy and new income for rural Americans.

The committee voted to increase fiscal year 2010 funding for the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) from $60 million to $128 million. The REAP program helps farmers, ranchers and rural small businesses build their own clean energy projects. REAP provides grant and loan guarantee assistance for a broad range of clean energy technologies including biomass, manure digesters, wind and solar power, and energy efficiency.

HerbKohlWisconsin Senator Herb Kohl, Chair of the Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee, was a key supporter of the funding increase.  “Our nation faces historic challenges for our economy, our environment and our energy security,” Kohl said. “Farmers in Wisconsin and across the nation have much at stake and want to be part of the solution.  These funds will help lead the way toward greener energy independence.” (more…)