The USDA Rural Development Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) can provide grants and/or loan guarantees for rural businesses and farmers to install renewable energy systems or make energy efficiency improvements to their operations. These types of improvements can help control energy input costs and improve overall profitability of operations. The grant program can cover 25% of the eligible project costs, while the loan guarantee can cover up to 75% of the eligible project costs. Grants can range from $1,500 to $500,000 with loan guarantees up to $25 million.

Those who qualify must be either an agricultural producer (at least 50% of gross income coming from agricultural operations) or a small business in areas with populations less than 50,000. A “small” business is defined by Small Business Association guidelines.

To apply

The next deadline for this program is Oct. 31. Application materials can be found at under the “To Apply’ tab.

For more information about REAP, contact Randy Monhemius, business programs specialist, at [email protected] or 614-255-2424.

Having opportunities to attend leadership institutes, advocate for rural Ohioans on the state and national level, facilitate young ag professionals events, and serve in a variety of leadership positions have helped my skills grow exponentially.
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Sara Tallmadge

Ashland County Farm Bureau

Growing our Generation
Labor has always been an issue, mainly because we are a seasonal operation. So that's a challenge finding somebody who only wants to work three months out of a year, sometimes up to six months.
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Mandy Way

Way Farms

Business Solutions
If it wasn't for Farm Bureau, I personally, along with many others, would not have had the opportunity to meet with our representatives face to face in Washington.
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Austin Heil

Hardin County Farm Bureau

Washington, D.C. Leadership Experience
I was gifted the great opportunity through an Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation Youth Pathways grant to run a series of summer camps here. That really expanded my vision of what ‘grow, maintain, sustain and explain’ could actually be.
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Jim Bruner

Mezzacello Urban Farms

Farming for Good
I see the value and need to be engaged in the community I live in, to be a part of the decision-making process and to volunteer with organizations that help make our community better.
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Matt Aultman

Darke County Farm Bureau

Leadership development
So many of the issues that OFBF and its members are advocating for are important to all Ohioans. I look at OFBF as an agricultural watchdog advocating for farmers and rural communities across Ohio.
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Mary Smallsreed

Trumbull County Farm Bureau

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