Twenty-three Kansas projects are among more than 900 nationwide that have received more than $180,000 in funding through the Rural Energy for American Program (REAP), an initiative of the 2008 Farm Bill.
The grants are intended to help farmers and rural businesses implement renewable energy and energy efficiency measures in their operations. More than $11.6 million in grants were Fri
Projects in Kansas were:
From the Manhattan USDA Rural Development Area Office: $7,537 to Little Apple Lanes Inc. in Manhattan to install insulation in the roof and ceiling;
From the Hays USDA Rural Development Area Office, several grants to allow ag producers to convert their diesel or natural gas irrigation engine to an electric motor with variable frequency drive to reduce energy and water efficiency. Producers were Harold Mai; Garden City, $4,669; Thomas Stoppel, Sublette, $9,196; Clawson Ranch Partnership, Plains, $5,333; Cross Bell Farms Partnership, Deerfield, $5,539; Dennis Deyoe, Ulysses, $5,670; Robert Hammeke, Rozel, $5,856; Glenn Eitel, Dighton, $7,346; Triple L Farms, Satanta, $10,000 and Chandler Creek Companies, Gray County, $11,498.
From the Iola USDA Rural Development Area Office: Bluestem Farm & Ranch Supply, located in Emporia, received $10,000 to upgrade its lighting system; Cedar Valley Investments LLC, a convenience store in Lebo, received an $18,750 to install three flexible fuel pumps; Coca-Cola Bottling of Emporia, received $2,500 to upgrade its current lighting system; Communications Plaza LLC, located in Emporia, received a $1,990 to upgrade lighting in a retail store;cL&B Enterprises Inc., located in Fort Scott, received $2,476 to upgrade lighting and tuck pointing, install a new exterior door and improve duct work; Jake's Fireworks Inc., a wholesale distributor of fireworks located in Pittsburg, received $1,874 to upgrade the lighting units in its offices and warehouses and Vektek, Inc., a leading supplier of hydraulic and pneumatic clamping systems located in Emporia, received $10,000 to upgrade the lighting in its facility.
From Newton USDA Rural Development Area Office: Brian Lundberg received $6,162 to improve the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system for two retail stores in McPherson;
Carlson's Grocery, Inc., located in Marion, received $11,050 to replace two refrigeration cases in the grocery store; Sweigart Enterprises, LLC, a rural business in Newton, received $15,750 to purchase and install a solar photovoltaic system and a geothermal heat system.
The following agricultural producers received grants to convert their current irrigation systems to subsurface drip irrigation systems that will result in energy and water use savings: Delmar Ensz, Inman, $6,128; Goering Family Trust, Inman, $14,750 and Phyllis Davison, Rural Sedgwick County, $7,540.
Funding of each award is contingent upon the recipient meeting the conditions of the grant agreement. Grants can finance up to 25 percent of a project's cost, not to exceed $500,000 for renewables, $250,000 for efficiency. For a complete listing of Rural Energy for America Program grant recipients announced today, please click here.
For additional information regarding this and other USDA Rural Development programs visit the Agency's website http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/KS, or call the Agency's state office at 785-271-2700.