Farm Bill Energy

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More than $23 million soon will be up for grabs as part of a Farm Bill grant program to help farmers, ranchers and rural small businesses.

The program can help in the purchase of renewable energy systems or to make energy efficiency improvements.

State and national agencies are teaming up to share information at a Buffalo County Fairgrounds workshop in Kearney Friday on what qualifies and how to apply.

Projects could include replacing an old air conditioner at a small business to be more energy efficient, or small farms generating electricity through solar, wind or biomass systems.

Stan Clouse of the Nebraska Public Power District says there are new technologies being developed that are peaking his interest to attend.

Last year six Nebraska projects qualified for the grant money. They were awarded to business all over the state, including a methane digester system put in place in Gothenburg to better insulating a small business.