USDA Announces Final FY11 REAP Funding
November 3, 2011
Last week, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the final round of Fiscal Year 2011 (FY11) funding for the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). The final round will provide funding for 16 anaerobic digesters, an incredible investment in renewable energy production on U.S. dairy farms. Altogether, the program has provided nearly $21 million in assistance for biodigesters, and leveraged over $110 million in total project development in FY11.
Anaerobic digesters are critical tools for dairy farmers to not only produce renewable energy, but also help mitigate environmental challenges. REAP also provides funding opportunities for energy efficiency measures on the farm, which allows farmers to identify and implement measures to reduce their energy use and realize critical savings for their operations.
With lawmakers negotiating strict fiscal limits on Capitol Hill, NMPF has been working diligently to ensure REAP continues to be a well-funded, strong program for the nation’s dairy farmers. Through the appropriations process and the ongoing negotiations of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, also referred to as the supercommittee, NMPF has made it a priority to spare the REAP from the cuts sought out by Congress.