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USDA announced investments of $121 million in critical infrastructure to combat climate change across rural America. The investments include $111 million for 289 projects to help people living in socially vulnerable communities. This announcement includes funding awards through three programs specifically designed to help people and businesses in rural areas: Community Facilities Disaster Grants, Rural Energy for America Program Renewable Energy Systems & Energy Efficiency Improvement Guaranteed Loans & Grants, and Rural Energy for America Program Energy Audits and Renewable Energy Development Grants. The funding will help agricultural producers and rural small businesses purchase and install renewable energy systems as...

A collaboration between Chevron and Texas A&M AgriLife is reviving the use of peanuts as a renewable feedstock for diesel fuel. A five-year, multi-million-dollar project will work to increase oil content in "diesel nut" varieties of peanuts, while also increasing disease resistance and drought tolerance, so that the nuts can be grown on non-irrigated acreage. The project will also identify best management practices for crop production and harvest, as well as developing enterprise budgets. Project participants anticipate that developing the "diesel nut" could expand the area of peanut cultivation and lower the carbon intensity of diesel production....

Scientists at Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico tried roasting green chiles using concentrated sunlight. They say that burning propane to roast peppers in New Mexico leads to a seasonal emission of approximately 7,800 metric tons of carbon dioxide, so a search for more environmentally sustainable alternatives is worthwhile. Their experiment with roasting green chiles produced results comparable to the propane roasting, and the scientists say the high-temperature roasting could have applications for many different foods. This experiment used sunlight concentrated by 38 to 42 heliostats to maintain roasting temperatures over 900 degrees F for six minutes....

Related ATTRA publication: Renewable Energy Opportunities on the Farm USDA is making up to $10 million available through a new Rural Energy Pilot Program, to help people living in rural towns develop community renewable energy projects that will help them cut their energy costs and contribute to the nationwide effort to reduce pollution that contributes to climate change. These funds will be targeted to help people who live in communities that have been historically underinvested and disinvested. The funds can be used to deploy community-scale renewable energy technologies and innovations to reduce climate pollution and increase resilience to the impacts of climate...