Trump Administration Invests $688,000 in South Dakota Ag Operations and Businesses to Make Energy Efficiency Improvements, Adopt Renewable Energy Systems

Name
Tammi Schone
City
Huron
Release Date
Aug 19, 2020

Investments will Help 19 Ag Producers and Businesses Boost Their Bottom Line

The Trump Administration today announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $688,000 in South Dakota to help 19 farmers, ag producers and rural-based businesses lower energy costs. USDA is providing the funding through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP).

“These grants will help lower energy costs for ag producers and rural small businesses, allowing them to invest in other areas of their operation which advances economic growth and prosperity,” said Julie Gross, South Dakota USDA Rural Development State Director. “Under the leadership of President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Perdue, USDA has been working tirelessly to be a strong partner to rural South Dakota in building stronger and healthier communities, because we know when rural America thrives, all of America thrives.”

South Dakota recipients include:

  • John E. Arthur, owner and operator of Arthur Farms located near Clark, will use a $49,965 grant to purchase and install an energy efficient grain dryer. This project will realize $11,925 per year in savings and will replace 233,374 kWh (48.5%) per year, which is enough energy to power 21 homes. 
  • Rodney Zemlicka will use a $15,856 grant to purchase and install an energy efficient grain dryer on his farm operation near Watertown. This project will realize $1,826 per year in savings and will save 99,414 kWh of electricity per year (12.60%) which is enough electricity to power 9 homes. 
  • Tyson Bialas will use a $39,074 grant to purchase and install a mixed flow grain dryer on his farm operation located near Mt. Vernon. This project will realize $7,100.43 per year in savings and will replace 136,078 kWh (69.02%) per year, which is enough electricity to power 12 homes.
  • Lonnie Amundson will use a $20,000 grant to purchase and install a grain dryer on his farm operation near Webster. This project will realize $2,965 per year in savings and will replace/save 18,115 kWh of electricity per year (58.27%) which is enough electricity to power two homes.
  • Allan Moore will use a $20,000 grant to purchase and install an energy efficient grain dryer on his farming operation near Brandt. This project will realize $10,662 per year in savings and will save 211,611 kWh of electricity per year (44.54%) which is enough electricity to power 19 homes.
  • AJB Partnership will use a $81,860 grant to purchase and install an energy efficient dryer on the farming operation located near Roscoe. This project will save $8,958.92 per year in energy costs and will save 219,995 kWh of electricity per year (56.33%) which is enough electricity to power 20 homes.
  • Fulton Ranch, Inc. will use a $41,620 grant to replace a grain dryer and handling system with more energy efficient systems on the farming operation located near Miller. This project will realize $39,971 per year in savings and will replace/save 71,307 kWh of electricity per year (21.25%) enough to power six homes. 
  • Douglas Seubert will use a $20,000 grant to purchase and install an energy efficient grain drying system on his farming operation near Canistota. SD. This project will realize $5,307.00 per year in savings and will replace 45,457 kWh (53.67%) per year, which is enough electricity to power four homes.
  • Tuschens M&W, Inc. will use a $5,277 grant to purchase and install a more efficient grain dryer at a farm near Salem. This project will save $1,800.00 per year in energy costs and will save 39,016 kWh of electricity per year (42.63%) which is enough electricity to power three homes.
  • Robert Stahl will use a $73,310 grant to purchase and install a grain drying and handling system on his farm located near Bridgewater. This project will realize $17,954.00 per year in savings and will replace 407,159 kWh (56%) per year, which is enough electricity to power 37 homes. 
  • Tim Even will use a $20,000 grant to purchase and install a more efficient grain dryer at his farm located near Humboldt.  This project will save $3,067.82 per year in energy costs and will save 64,279 kWh of electricity per year (50.64%) which is enough electricity to power five homes. 
  • Alan Sand will use a $42,865 grant to purchase and install an energy efficient grain drying system on his farm near Rosholt. This project will realize $21,657 per year in savings and will replace 465,110 kWh (35%) per year. 
  • Dewald Farm Partnership, a farming operation near Roscoe, will use a $45,000 grant to purchase and install a more efficient grain dryer system. This project will save $27,205.78 per year in energy costs and will save 661,624 kWh of electricity per year (50.53%) which is enough electricity to power 61 homes.
  • Rick A. Nelson will use a $22,949 grant to purchase and install an energy efficient grain dryer on his farming operation near Volga. This project will realize $7,254 per year in savings and will replace 177,511 kWh (74.13%) per year, which is enough energy to power 16 homes. 
  • DNB National Bank in Clear Lake will use a $36,607 for the purchase and installation of energy efficient LED lighting in the bank. DNB National Bank is a local, family-owned bank. This project will realize $11,904.57 per year in savings and will save 126,644 kWh of electricity per year (62.2%) which is enough electricity to power 11 homes.
  • Showplace Wood Products, Inc. in Harrisburg will use a $15,282 grant to make energy efficiency improvements with the purchase and installation of energy efficient lighting and fixtures in its custom cabinet manufacturing business. This project will save $12,911.25 per year in energy costs and will save 110,524 kWh of electricity per year (54.98%) which is enough electricity to power ten homes.
  • Kennebec Telephone Company, Inc. in Kennebec will use a $17,209 grant to make energy efficiency improvements with the purchase and installation of LED lighting in its rural small business. This telephone company is vital to the residents in this rural area. This project will realize $8,969 per year in savings and will replace 96,466 kWh's (68.17 percent) per year, which is enough electricity to power eight homes.
  • Schlachter Lumber, Inc. in Gettysburg will use a $2,376 grant to purchase and install LED lighting in the business. The project will realize $7,138.97 per year in savings and will replace 9,271 kWh (53%) per year, which is enough electricity to power one home.
  • Sioux Corporation located in Beresford will use a $118,750 grant to purchase and install a new laser cutting machine system in the business. Sioux Corporation is an industry leader in application specific steam cleaners, pressure washers, water heaters, water chilling systems, aggregate heaters, steam generators, related custom equipment. This project will realize $4,295.00 per year in savings and will replace 71,582 kWh (79.11%) per year, which is enough electricity to power six homes.

USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas.  For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov/sd or call (605) 352-1142.

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