Energy projects get REAP funds from USDA

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Agriculture Under Secretary for Rural Development Dallas Tonsager has announced the selection of eight recipients for grants to implement renewable energy and energy-efficiency measures in Mississippi.

Funds are being provided through the Rural Energy for America (REAP) grant program, a 2008 Farm Bill initiative.

In all, USDA announced $213,800 in grants to expand economic opportunities for Mississippi residents and businesses. The funds are part of USDA’s annual budget and are not from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Funding of each grant is contingent upon the recipient meeting the conditions of the agreement.

Mississippi Rural Energy for America Program grant recipients are:

• Silent Shade Plantation: $16,204 grant; to install a high-efficiency grain dryer. Improvements are projected to save 154,751 kwh of energy annually.

• Galen Gable: $5,292 grant; to install an oxygen monitoring system with computers to control electric aerators on six catfish production ponds. Improvements are projected to save 98,623 kwh of energy annually.

• Dunn Hill Farms: $8,618 grant; to install attic inlets and vent machines for energy efficiency improvements to 10 poultry broiler grower houses. Improvements are projected to save 189,160 kwh of energy annually.

• Failing Farms: $20,000 grant; to retrofit existing dryer systems with energy-efficient blower fans and motors. Improvements are projected to save 117,535 kwh of energy annually.

• TWGWM Pitts, LLC: $45,665 grant; to purchase a new energy-efficient continuous flow grain dryer. Improvements are projected to save 297,694 kwh of energy annually.

• Holly Ridge Partnership: $27,522 grant; to install an oxygen monitoring system with computers to control the electric aerators on 34 catfish production ponds. Improvements are projected to save 287,987 kwh of energy annually.

• Jubilee Farms Inc.: $43,527 grant; to install a new energy-efficient deep water well system. Improvements are projected to save 328,332 kwh of energy annually.

• Parker Brothers II: $46,972 grant; to purchase a new, efficient continuous flow grain dryer. Improvements are projected to save 266,956 kwh of energy annually.

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