Rural Clean Energy Awards and Grants Announced

USDA cost-share grant funds are available for rural renewables!

Energy Grants Available Now for Farmers and Small Rural Businesses

Farmers and small rural businesses thinking of making an investment in clean energy equipment should take note, USDA grant funds are now available. Deadline is only 60 days away!

Rural Clean Energy Receives Boost from 2014 Farm Bill

The 2014 Farm Bill was finally passed into law. Here are some interesting changes, including new funding levels for programs that support rural clean energy (including REAP, BCAP, and VAPG).

Bioenergy and Biodiversity in the Southeast: Like Speeding in a Crowded Neighborhood?

For me, the study reinforces my conviction that bioenergy can be done badly and become a threat to diversity, or that it can also be done well and reduce risks to biodiversity—and can even help improve wildlife habitat in some cases. The difference between doing bioenergy well or badly is the enactment of policy—some speed limits and stop signs, if you will—that insist that bioenergy be done well, including the protection of biodiversity.

Will Rural America Continue REAPing Renewable Energy Rewards?

A USDA clean energy incentive program has reaped big benefits for the economy and the environment, but future funding is uncertain. Read more here then consider taking action to support rural clean energy!

Exploring biocarbon: The road less traveled in climate policy

This past summer, President Obama gave a speech on climate that was noteworthy for several reasons. Perhaps the most impressive moments were when he appealed to all of us citizens to step-up. But there was a major omission in the speech and the plan — the biosphere and the healing potential of biocarbon! With broad effort and careful management of biocarbon, we might actually reverse the rise from 350 to 400 ppm.

Touring Sustainable Bioenergy in Virginia

A recent tour of small-scale sustainable bioenergy facilities in Virginia left me feeling proud of the many people making strides to reduce America’s petroleum consumption.

Adapting to change in the Rural South

The effects of changing weather and climate present new challenges for farmers and foresters in the rural South. Here’s news about some noteworthy thinking and actions on adapting to these changes.

Busy Season for Bioenergy

This winter has been a busy season of new bioenergy projects and policy developments.

The Evidence is In and REAP is a keeper!

The evidence is in, and it clearly shows that USDA’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) is a program with proven benefits to the rural economy, the environment, and our national security. Lawmakers should strengthen it, not cut it.