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Ag coalition urges leaders to support REAP


October 20, 2021
By Bree Rody


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In a letter to house speaker Nancy Pelosi and senate majority leader Chuck Schumer, a diverse group including ag workers, environmental groups, business representatives and energy groups asked leaders to fully support the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) in the Build Back Better Act. They say REAP would allow rural Americans to participate in and benefit from the rural energy economy.

REAP has existed since 2002. provides grants and loan guarantees to farmers, ranchers and rural small businesses to set up renewable energy and energy efficiency projects allowing them to cut costs, become more energy efficient and help decarbonize the U.S. economy.

The letter included a recommended investment of $2.55 billion over 10 years to help the program grow and enable farmers to help address climate concerns. The group described the near 20-year-old REAP as “historically over-subscribed,” indicating a greater demand for supports.

Read the letter here.

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