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USDA Invests $196,000 in Critical Infrastructure to Combat Climate Change Across Rural Michigan

Name
Alec Lloyd
Phone
City
East Lansing
Release Date
Aug 24, 2022

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Secretary Dr. Jewel Bronaugh today announced USDA is investing $121 million in critical infrastructure to combat climate change across rural America. The investments include $111 million for 289 projects to help people living in socially vulnerable communities.

“Rural America is on the front lines of climate change, and our communities deserve investments that will strengthen all of our resilience,” Bronaugh said. “The Biden-Harris Administration has created a roadmap for how we can tackle the climate crisis and expand access to renewable energy infrastructure. The investments we’re announcing today and those that will be made possible by historic funding from President Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act will strengthen our energy security, create good-paying jobs and save Americans money on their energy costs.”

The funding will help people in 13 Michigan counties. It reflects the many ways USDA Rural Development helps rural residents, businesses and communities address economic development, infrastructure and social service needs. 

“Every Michigan community can benefit from clean, renewable energy,” said USDA Rural Development State Director for Michigan Brandon Fewins.  “These projects are helping to spur economic growth and also promote energy independence for rural communities.”

Michigan’s total investment is $196,981 in 13 projects:

 

County

Recipient

Amount

Project Type

Berrien

Dominion Bros. Inc.

$20,000

Solar

Branch

Tom Hughes

$12,347

Solar

Calhoun

David Komasara

$10,357

Solar

Cass

McKenzie Highlands LLC

$20,000

Solar

Grand Traverse

Ross Corporation

$11,650

Solar

Ingham

Thomas Butcher

$9,371

Solar

Lenawee

Golden Acre Farms

$18,750

Solar 

Monroe

Masserant Farms LLC

$19,756

Solar

Muskegon

Harris Knudson

$6,541

Solar

Ottawa

Fritz Manufacturing Company

$9,647

Solar

Saginaw

Shasam Drugs PC

$20,000

Solar

Tuscola

Bernia Family Farms Inc.

$20,000

Grain Dryer

Washtenaw

Mindo Chocolate Makers LLC

$18,562

Solar

The investments will help state and local government entities, nonprofit organizations, and federally recognized Tribes construct, renovate or purchase and install equipment for essential community facilities for public use in rural areas. They also will help agricultural producers and rural small businesses purchase and install renewable energy systems as well as make energy efficiency improvements. The investments will also help with energy audits, renewable energy technical assistance, and renewable energy site assessments. Some examples include:

Under the Biden-Harris Administration, Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities, create jobs and improve the quality of life for millions of Americans 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, Tribal and high-poverty areas. For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov. If you’d like to subscribe to USDA Rural Development updates, visit our GovDelivery subscriber page.

USDA touches the lives of all Americans each day in so many positive ways. Under the Biden-Harris Administration, USDA is transforming America’s food system with a greater focus on more resilient local and regional food production, ensuring access to healthy and nutritious food in all communities, building new markets and streams of income for farmers and producers using climate, smart food and forestry practices, making historic investments in infrastructure and clean energy capabilities in rural America, and committing to equity across the Department by removing systemic barriers and building a workforce more representative of America. To learn more, visit www.usda.gov.