Senator Applauds USDA Rural Energy for America Projects
Montana's senior U.S. Senator Max Baucus highlighted an energy efficiency program to help Montana ranchers, farmers and rural small businesses to save on energy costs and develop renewable energy systems.
"Our ranchers, farmers and small businesses are the engines of Montana's economy. When they have tools to improve their bottom line by investing in energy efficiency and renewable energy systems, they are in a better position to drive our economy forward," said Baucus, a senior member of the Senate Agriculture Committee and the only member of Montana's Congressional delegation on the Ag Committee. "When our businesses can cut down on energy costs, they can grow and better serve their customers. I'm pleased to see these grants going to work for Montana."
The grants and loans are designed to support projects that allow rural small businesses, ranchers and farmers to develop renewable energy systems and make energy-efficient improvements to their operations.
USDA Rural Development's Montana State Director, Matthew Jones, said "We are excited to provide funding for these projects. The Rural Energy for America Program is helping producers and small businesses across Montana save both energy and money, and we look forward to approving more applications in the near future. I'm thankful for the leadership and support of Senator Baucus on this important program."
The following Montana businesses have received USDA Rural Development funds through the Rural Energy for America program which was authorized by the 2008 Farm Bill Baucus co-wrote:
* Big Sky Colony, Inc. Cut Bank
This project will allow the business to install a new boiler system for their hog operation. ($36, 662 grant/$73,325 loan)
* The Apple Barrel, Kalispell
This project will improve energy-efficiency for the company's freezing/refrigeration operations and will upgrade the existing facility with better insulation, windows and doors. ($12,472 grant)
* Double Ott Trucking, Condon
This project will process excess wood and waste from a post and pole yard and low value saw logs to create a biomass energy biofuel. ($18,823 grant)
* RBM Lumber, Columbia Falls
This project will provide the lumber mill with a new chipper for hog fuel to help decrease cost of electricity. ($20,000 grant)