BISMARCK, N.D. September 8, 2020 – The Trump Administration today announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing nearly $20,000 to install energy-saving items in rural North Dakota.
“This project will help the business with longevity through modernized infrastructure and energy savings,” said USDA Rural Development State Director for North Dakota Clare Carlson. “There are many ways a business can sustain themselves, through the many programs Rural Development offers to assist businesses and ag producers with their bottom line.”
In Ransom, N.D., Maple Valley Locker, Inc. will use a nearly $20,000 grant to purchase a walk-in freezer and install LED lighting at its processing facility in Enderlin. This project will save the business nearly $500 per year and replace 3,775 kWh per year. Maple Valley Locker is a family-owned meat processing and retail facility.
Recipients can use REAP funding for energy audits and renewable energy systems such as biomass, geothermal, hydropower and solar. They also can be used to make energy efficiency improvements to heating, ventilation and cooling systems; insulation; and lighting and refrigeration, for example.
In April 2017, President Donald J. Trump established the Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity to identify legislative, regulatory and policy changes that could promote agriculture and prosperity in rural communities. In January 2018, Secretary Perdue presented the Task Force’s findings to President Trump. These findings included 31 recommendations to align the federal government with state, local and tribal governments to take advantage of opportunities that exist in rural America. Supporting the rural workforce was a cornerstone recommendation of the task force.
To view the report in its entirety, please view the Report to the President of the United States from the Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity (PDF, 5.4 MB). In addition, to view the categories of the recommendations, please view the Rural Prosperity infographic (PDF, 190 KB).
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 http://www.rd.usda.gov/nd.
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