Rep. Bruce Braley's office released revised figures regarding a recent announcement about USDA REAP benefits.
Six Northeast Iowa agricultural producers and rural small businesses will receive a total of $505,000 to reduce their energy consumption and costs.
Rep. Bruce Braley announced the recipients who are among 50 Eastern Iowa entities receiving a total of $1.4 million.
Local recipients of United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Resource Enhancement and Protection Act (REAP) funding include: Oneota Solar, $375,000 to install a solar power system; Matthew Nierling, 49,997 to install an efficient robotic milking system to reduce energy usage; Adam Weiss, $36,827, to install an energy-efficient grain-drying system; Richard Langland, Jr., $19,882 to install a solar-panel system; Mark Steffens, $12,349 to install an energy-efficient grain-drying system and Craig Hanson, $11,075, install an energy-efficient drying system.
In June, Braley introduced the Rural Energy Investment Act to renew and expand several vital agriculture energy programs that create jobs in Iowa, including REAP.
"These grants allow for innovative energy-efficient investments in Iowa's rural economy. The operations receiving these grants now have the opportunity to make improvements that help them save energy, as well as money," said Braley.