USDA Investing in Clean Energy and Domestic Fertilizer Projects

USDA announced that it is awarding $207 million in 42 states for projects through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) and the Fertilizer Production Expansion Program (FPEP). REAP awards totaling $157 million for 675 projects will cut energy costs for farmers and ag producers, so that funds can instead be used to create jobs and new revenue streams for people in their communities. Funded projects include installation of solar photovoltaics and more efficient refrigeration. USDA continues to accept REAP applications and will hold funding competitions quarterly through September 30, 2024. Meanwhile, the seven projects financed through FPEP will help U.S. farmers increase independent, domestic fertilizer production. The grants support projects such as the installation of an anaerobic digestion facility.