FARMFEST: Sen. Smith Believes in Strengthening Rural Energy for America Program

For Immediate Release:
August 4, 2020

As part of her work on the 2018 Farm Bill, Senator Tina Smith fought to strengthen and fund the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) to help farmers transition to energy efficient operations.

Sen. Smith understands that cutting energy costs is the first step that we should take to ensure that Minnesota agriculture is uplifted during these unprecedented times.


Brainerd Dispatch: Klobuchar, Smith Praise $830,000 in USDA Rural Energy Grants for Minnesota. “Minnesota Democratic Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith announced Tuesday, Aug. 20, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is investing nearly $830,000 in grants to Minnesota to help reduce energy costs for farmers and ag producers through the Rural Energy for America Program.  Grants have been awarded to 54 Minnesota projects, mostly on family farms.’” [Brainerd Dispatch, 8/21/19]

  • Smith: “I Fought To Significantly Strengthen Reap In The 2018 Farm Bill So That Minnesota Farms, As Well As Agribusinesses And Rural Communities, Can Build Or Expand Their Own Cost-saving Energy Projects.” “Smith: ‘I fought to significantly strengthen REAP in the 2018 Farm Bill so that Minnesota farms, as well as agribusinesses and rural communities, can build or expand their own cost-saving energy projects. REAP works for our farm families and i look forward to seeing how this helps lift up Minnesota ag.’” [Brainerd Dispatch, 8/21/19]

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