Business owners and managers around the world like to save money. Electricity, natural gas, and water are three utilities that can drain a bank account fast. N-K Properties, Inc., a car wash business, based in Yankton, South Dakota wanted to improve the bottom line. The car wash business is a very utility hungry business, so energy efficient technology would benefit the business with increased comfort for employees and customers to significant dollar savings in energy, operation, and maintenance costs.
The design concept that N-K Properties was operating under for their energy efficiency improvements was – Save Mother Earth by saving resources. Working collaboratively with USDA Rural Development, N-K Properties, Inc. was able to integrate energy efficiencies into their operation with the installation of a wind turbine to generate electricity. The signage consists of Light Emitting Diode “LED” to save energy. In addition, geothermal heating and cooling equipment were installed for the building. Read more »
The USDA Rural Development Center in Yankton, South Dakota is an active participant in the Yankton Mall’s Christmas Tree Gift –Away. This is the second year they have donated a tree decorated with a USDA theme and kid friendly ornaments.
Business and individuals have donated 43 decorated Christmas trees on display at the mall, with votes for the best tree made through donated canned goods for the Yankton Contact Center. Voting for the best tree was open through December 11, 2011. With the assistance of the Contact Center, the trees are donated to needy families in the area. Read more »
Feds Feed Families: (left to right), Traci Ross, Farm Service Agency Coordinator; Tammi Schone, Rural Development Coordinator; and Linda Weinzetl, Natural Resources Conservation Service Coordinator with some of the food collected for the backpack program.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) partnered with the Office of Personnel Management to participate in the Feds, Farmers, and Friends Feed Families (F5), a food drive. This food drive benefited local food banks identified by state and area/local USDA offices. Read more »