US updates agriculture climate change policy

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced additonal steps to integrate climate change adaptation in its programmes and operations. It said climate change has consequences for food production, yields of staple crops, forests, grasslands and also affect the economic well-being of individuals. The updated ‘USDA Policy Statement on Climate Change Adaptation’ will analyse how […]

£100k for ‘smarter’ grid in rural US

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is providing more than $100 million (£63m) to help make the electricity grid smarter in rural parts of the country. The programme called ‘Rural Utilities Service’ will divide the loan between different electric companies in the states of North Dakota, South Carolina, Michigan and Indiana. Some of the funding will be […]

US invests in smart power upgrades in rural areas

The US Government has announced funding worth $1.4 billion (£0.9m) to improve the delivery of electricity to rural communities. It includes $106 million (£66m) to install smart grid technologies and $3 million (£1.9m) for renewable energy systems, according to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). A total of 21 states will benefit from the funding, […]

US provides $68m for rural energy projects

Businesses in the US are expected to save nearly $45 billion (£27.6bn) on their energy bills, thanks to funding announced for energy efficiency and renewable projects. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is providing $68 million (£41.6m) for 540 projects across the country through its Rural Energy for America Programme (REAP). Projects include installing biomass, […]

US farmers get $14m to make energy when the sun shines

Farmers in the US are to get $14 million (£8.8m) in funding to help them cut their energy bills and make better use of renewable energy. The grants have been awarded by the Department of Agriculture to 424 farms and rural businesses across 22 states as part of the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). […]

US Government provides efficiency fund for rural businesses

The US Government is calling on small businesses in rural areas and agricultural producers to seek help for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is providing funding through its Rural Energy for America Programme (REAP) which aims to help businesses in rural economies cut energy usage and costs. […]