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USDA Asks Local Pennsylvania Businesses What They Need From the Federal Government to Grow, Create Jobs

Thomas Williams, Pennsylvania Rural Development State Director, talks about the USDA Rural Energy for America Program with Roxanne Molnar, funding recipient (center) and Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Cheryl Cook.  REAP funding enabled Molnar Farms to install computer-controlled radiant heaters to reduce energy costs.  Cook and Williams toured the farm earlier this month.

Thomas Williams, Pennsylvania Rural Development State Director, talks about the USDA Rural Energy for America Program with Roxanne Molnar, funding recipient (center) and Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Cheryl Cook. REAP funding enabled Molnar Farms to install computer-controlled radiant heaters to reduce energy costs. Cook and Williams toured the farm earlier this month.

USDA Rural Development Deputy Under Secretary Cheryl Cook and Thomas Williams, Rural Development Pennsylvania State Director recently conducted a Small Business Council meeting at the Lebanon Valley Chamber of Commerce, followed by a visit to Molnar Farms, a local Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) recipient. Roxanne Molnar explained to the USDA officials how $20,000 in REAP funds was used to install computer-controlled radiant heaters and ceiling vents to modernize a 40,000 chicken house to keep the chickens healthy in the extreme heat and cold.

The Small Business Council meeting included 25 business leaders and agricultural producers from the Lebanon Valley providing input to Ms. Cook on ways federal officials can help improve economic conditions and create jobs. The room came alive with feedback when Ms. Cook posed a question on what should be considered for the 2012 Farm Bill and what programs are needed to help businesses and agricultural producers thrive and stay in the area.  The group discussed energy concerns and how Rural Development programs can be used for energy efficiency. In particular, Seldom Rest Farms, a local REAP recipient, installed solar panels that reportedly eliminated the electric bill on their family poultry farm.

For more information on Rural Development Business Programs, click here. For more information on USDA renewable energy programs click here.

3 Responses to “USDA Asks Local Pennsylvania Businesses What They Need From the Federal Government to Grow, Create Jobs”

  1. Hari says:

    good article!

  2. Adrienne Hull says:

    Wonderful article, I do hope each State gets asked the same questions to have equal chance at creating jobs. This forum is perfect and could be used very effectively. Kudo’s to Pennsylvania Businesses

  3. McAnlis Farm says:

    I am trying to rebuild our family farm, open to help and ideas…money is very very short.

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