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USDA Invests in Energy Projects in Texas

Erika Archie
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State Director for Rural Development Edd Hargett today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is awarding grants to reduce energy costs for ag producers and rural-based businesses.

     Under today’s announcement, USDA is investing $305,548 through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects across Texas. Congress appropriated $50 million for REAP grants and loan guarantees in fiscal year 2019. USDA will make additional funding announcements in the REAP program in coming weeks.

    “By lowering energy costs, these businesses and ag producers can become more competitive and create more jobs that will help to make rural communities prosper,” said Hargett. 

   Recipients can use REAP funding for a variety of needs, such as installing renewable energy systems such as biomass, geothermal, hydropower and solar.  Funds also can be used to make energy efficiency improvements to heating, ventilation and cooling systems; insulation; and lighting and refrigeration. Listed below are a few examples of how farmers, rural business owners and institutions are making investments in their operations through REAP.

Texas’ recipients are:






Wing Ranch


 Upgrade Poultry Houses 


Gymnos Productions LLC


 Installing a Solar Array System


1207 Avenue F NW Investments LLC


 Installing a Solar Array System


Brushy Creek Event Center LLC


 Installing a Solar Array System


JSK Investments


 Installing a Solar Array System

Deaf Smith

Nick Parker Consulting LLC


 Installing a Hydrogen Fuel Cell


Swan Lake Ranch


 Installing a Solar Array System


Bob and Dot, LLC


 Installing a Solar Array System


Bohuslav Feed Mill Inc.


 Upgrade Feed Mills 


Pramukh Darshan Groceries LLC


 Installing a Solar Array System


The Water Co


 Installing a Solar Array System


Bowie Wash


 Upgrade Laundromat equipment 


Crownover Farms


 Upgrading Irrigation System


Need It More LP


 Upgrading Irrigation System


Southwest Ag


 Upgrading Irrigation System


Top Notch Equipment LLC


 Upgrading Irrigation System


Keith Baker


 Poultry House Improvements


Paul Vanderpoorten Jr

 $  9,351

 Installing a Solar Array System


Betty Parker


 Poultry House Improvements

   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 www.rd.usda.gov.