Ag Producer & Agribusiness Energy Efficiency Grants

Rural Energy for America Program (REAP)

Through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development (RD) helps finance the cost of renewable energy systems and energy efficiency improvements for rural small businesses and agricultural producers.

A variety of energy projects may qualify for REAP financial assistance to help you purchase, install, and construct energy projects.

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Reduce your utility bills with energy efficiency improvements

  • Install efficient lights and equipment with customizable controls to lower your electrical use. Many newer light systems also generate less heat and reduce cooling costs while improving lighting.  Lower your heating and cooling costs with equipment upgrades, insulation, programmable thermostats, and airtight windows, doors, and ducts.
  • Depending on where your business or farm is located, solar panels could offset much of your operation’s energy costs.
  • If you have enough wind and space—and if local zoning regulations permit—a small wind turbine could help you reduce energy costs.
  • Small hydropower systems (less than 30 megawatts) transform the energy of flowing water into electricity.
  • With a geothermal system, underground reservoirs of hot water can be channeled to the surface to heat buildings or generate electricity.
  • An anaerobic digester breaks down animal waste such as cow manure and other organic materials into biogas that can fuel vehicles or be used to generate electricity and heat.
  • Renewable biomass such as crops, wood, and plants, as well as biodegradable wastes such as fats, oils, and other materials can be converted into heat or biofuel.

What funding is available?

  • Grant:  REAP grants may cover up to 25 percent of a project’s eligible costs.
  • Renewable energy systems:  $2,500 minimum grant request; $500,000 maximum grant request.
  • Energy efficiency projects:  $1,500 minimum grant request; $250,000 maximum grant request.
  • Loan Guarantee:  With REAP, USDA RD may guarantee up to 85 percent of a commercial loan to help you access affordable financing for your energy project. Rates and terms are negotiated between you and your lender, subject to USDA approval.
  • Combination Guarantee and Grant:  You may combine REAP grant and loan guarantee assistance to cover up to 75 percent of eligible project costs.

Grant applications are selected for funding based on a competitive process. In order to be considered for FY 2015 funds, complete applications must be received by USDA RD not later than 4:30 PM CSTas of the following dates:

  • Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficient Improvement Grant and combination Grant and Guaranteed Loans: April 30, 2015
  • Second deadline: June 30, 2015

Application Deadline: 

  • Grants of $20,000 or less: October 31, 2016 and March 31, 2017;
  • Unrestricted Grants (up to $500,000): March 31, 2017;
  • Loan Guarantees are competed continuously throughout the year.

Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficient Improvement Guaranteed Loan applications are accepted on a continuous basis.

For more information about this program visit www.rd.usda.gov.

information gathered from sources deemed reliable but not guaranteed, subject to change without notice.

FSAfarm+ Online Tool Let’s Farmers Get Data at Home

FSAfarm+ Online Tool Let’s Farmers Get Data at Home vs. Local FSA Office

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) has launched a new tool that helps farmers, producers and landowners access their FSA farm information from the comfort of their own homes or farm offices.  With the launch of FSAFarm+, any farmer can now search, view, and print any FSA farm data without having to visit the local county FSA office. This isn’t to say that you shouldn’t stop visiting your local office, but rather gives you a way to look at crop acreage maps and more without having to make a trip to town.

The program, known as FSAfarm+, provides you with secure access to view your personal FSA data, such as base and yields, Conservation Reserve Program data, other conservation program acreage, Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation status information, field boundaries, farm imagery, name and address details, contact information and membership interest and shares in the operation. This data will be available in real time, at no cost to the producer and allow operators and owners to export and print farm records, including maps. Producers also can electronically share their data with a crop insurance agent from their own personal computer.

Farm operators and owners first will need “Level 2 eAuthentication” to access the webportal. This level of security ensures that personal information is protected for each user. Level 2 access can be obtained by going to www.eauth.usda.gov, completing the required information and then visiting your local FSA office to finalize access.

For more information on FSAfarm+, the customer self-service portal, contact your local FSA office. To find your local FSA county office, click http://offices.usda.gov.

Just a few of the features of FSAfarm+ that are appealing to be able to perform from the comfort of your own office, especially in the middle of a snow storm!

  • FSAfarm+ also allows farmers, landowners and producers to search for and print their farm and tract maps. This is a great tool for anyone considering selling a farm in Indiana as well.

For more information contact your local Indiana county FSA office

important FSA Dates, Deadlines & Holidays

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The last four (4) months of the year have several important dates that all producers and Indiana farmers may want to put in their calendars. Whether you have non-insured crops and are looking for disaster assistance or simply plan to visit your local office… here are the big dates & deadlines.

September 1: Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) application closing date for value loss crops for the following year (flowers for fresh cut, onion sets, turfgrass sod, Christmas trees, aquaculture, ginseng, mushrooms, etc.)
September 5: Offices closed in observance of Labor Day
September 15: Reporting date for cucumbers (planted 6/1-8/15 in Knox County)
September 30: Reporting date for value loss and controlled environment crop (for the coming program year)
September 30: NAP application closing date for garlic, wheat, barley, rye and mint for the following year’s crop
October 10: Offices closed in observance of Columbus Day
November 1: Final application for payment for 2016 ELAP for losses occurring 10/1/2015 to 9/30/2016
November 4: Final date to submit a prevented planting claim for 2016 fall wheat with 10/20 final plant date
November 11: Offices closed in observance of Veteran’s Day
November 15: Reporting date for perennial grazing and forage crops (alfalfa, grass, mixed forages, clover, etc.)
November 15: Final date to submit a prevented planting claim for 2016 fall wheat with 10/31 final plant date
November 15: NAP application closing date for perennial grazing and forage crops (alfalfa, grass, mixed forages, clover, etc.)
November 20: NAP application closing date for apples, apricots, aronia (chokeberry), asparagus, blueberries, caneberries, cherries, grapes, hops, nectarines, peaches, pears, plums, strawberries
November 24: Offices closed in observance of Thanksgiving Day
December 1: NAP application closing date for honey for the following year
December 15: Reporting date for 2016 fall mint, fall-seeded small grains
December 16: Deadline Extended: MPP-Dairy 2017 registration and election ends
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2016 Purdue Farmland Values PAER Report

The annual PAER Agricultural Economy guide, reports on farmland values across the entire state of Indiana. One of the most respected surveys of agribusiness professionals, lenders and farmer operator producers, the report will highlight the trends in land prices and the price per acre.

The Full Report will be release in a matter of days and we will provide a full review of land prices of Top quality, average and low quality land throughout West Central Indiana counties of Tippecanoe, Benton, Warren, Fountain, Montgomery, Carroll, Clinton, White and Newton.

Whether you are searching for Purdue’s research findings on Cash Rent in 2016 or the results of the Purdue land value survey, we will get you the full details and link to the annual Purdue Agricultural Economics report 2016.