University of Missouri Partners with the USDA to Help Rural Farmers Save Money on Energy Bills

In *All, Agricultural Economy by Ag is America

University of Missouri Extension and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) is an exciting new opportunity for rural Missourians to save money on energy bills. The program aims to lower costs through energy audits, financing and grants for farmers who at earn at least half of their income from agriculture and small businesses in rural areas. REAP’s audit costs only $112.50, which means eligible farmers can save thousands of dollars over standard energy audit costs.

MU Extension specialist Willard Downs says that audits show wasteful energy systems and that auditors can figure savings to suggest changes for all or part of a farmer’s operation.

“It is important to be aware of the energy efficiency of your facilities, which may easily reduce your utility payment substantially with a small additional investment,” Downs says.

This program is exciting for rural farmers who are suffering from major energy costs. For more details on the audit process, loan amounts, and eligibility, read more here.

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