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Nebraska farms receive USDA energy grants Tell North Platte what you think

Seventeen Nebraska recipients have been selected to receive $224,591 in grants to install renewable energy systems and improve energy efficiency on irrigation wells.

“These energy dollars will help make needed energy conservation improvements and install new renewable energy systems,” said Nebraska State Director Maxine Moul, USDA Rural Development. “Through these projects, energy consumption will be reduced, thereby making more dollars available to be kept within rural Nebraska there by assisting the state’s rural economy.”

The funding came through the Rural Energy for America Program. This program provides opportunities for farmers and rural small business owners to install renewable energy systems and make energy efficiency improvements, as well as explore the feasibility of implementing renewable energy projects. More information on the Rural Energy for America Program is at • www.rurdev.usda.gov/ne/Energy_energy_home.htm.

Detailed below by county are the energy projects selected from the National Office reserve allocation of funding. Funding is contingent upon the recipient meeting the conditions of the grant agreements.


• Lerwyn Filkins – Creighton - $3,997 - Diesel irrigation engine conversion.

• Clayton Hoke - Ewing - $11,048 - Diesel irrigation engine conversion with well re-bowl.

• Kester Bros, Inc. - Clearwater - $6,595 - Diesel engine conversion with variable frequency drive.

• Claus Knuth - Royal - $4,118 - Diesel irrigation engine conversion.


• Jackson Express, Inc. - Jackson - $89,747 - Installation of four flexible fuel pumps and tanks.


• Brent Dunse - Alma - $2,626 - Diesel irrigation to electric motor conversion and associated underground wiring.


• Jeffrey McBride - Ogallala - $4,423 - Diesel irrigation engine to electric motor conversion.

• Joe McBride - Brule - $4,652 - Diesel irrigation engine to electric motor conversion.


• Friesen Farms, Inc. - Wallace - $9,350 - Two diesel irrigation engines to electric motor conversions.

• Clint Sheets - Wallace - $12,400 - Two diesel irrigation engines to electric motor conversions.


• Halstead Land & Cattle, Inc. - Arnold - $13,464 grant - Installation of a small wind turbine.


• Orand Unkel - Madison - $4,625 - Diesel irrigation engine conversion.


• Douglas Retzlaff - Palmer - $4,250 - Diesel irrigation engine conversion.


• Russell Lee - Madrid - $6,877 - Diesel irrigation engine to electric motor. conversion.


• MCGFF, LLC - Osceola - $19,750 - Installation of a small wind turbine.


• Benes Service, Inc. – Valparaiso - $19,750 - Installation of a small wind turbine.


• Marion Schultz - Litchfield - $6,919 - Towline to pivot irrigation system and associated underground pipe.

For more information on the USDA Rural Development Rural Energy for America Program, visit www.rurdev.usda.gov/ne/.

For additional information on RD projects, visit Rural Development’s interactive web map featuring program funding and stories for fiscal years 2009-2011. The data can be found at: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/RDSuccessStories.html.

USDA’s investments in rural communities support the rural way of life that stands as the backbone of our American values. said USDA-RD spokeswoman Vicki Schurman.

USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, has an active portfolio of more than $172 billion in loans and loan guarantees. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America, Schurman said.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 10/19/2012
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