ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Twenty-five Minnesota farmers and rural small businesses are getting almost $300,000 in renewable energy grants.

The money will help them install renewable energy systems or flex fuel pumps, and make energy efficiency improvements. The funds come from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Energy for America Program.

USDA Rural Development State Director Colleen Landkamer says the funding helps reduce America’s dependence of foreign energy and boosts the rural economy.

The REAP program has helped over 300 Minnesota farmers and small businesses cut energy costs. New this year is the ability to finance flex fuel pumps. The Glencoe Co-op Association, Viking Petroleum in Frost and Severson Oil in Winona are the first three projects in Minnesota to take advantage.

Over 900 projects totaling more than $11 million were announced nationally Wednesday.

(© Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Comments (6)
  1. Bill Clinton says:

    Small typo in article. I fixed it. “Colleen Landkamer says the funding does nothing to reduce America’s dependence of foreign energy and boosts the rural economy at the expense of other citizen’s throughout the country.”

    1. Jim says:

      How does producing energy here NOT reduce our dependence on foreign energy? Republican logic?

  2. dan says:

    There ya go, subsidize another bottomless pit! Gee I hope this works out as well as the great idea of Ethanol!

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Watch & Listen LIVE