WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded $114,000 in Rural Development funding to farmers and businesses across Ohio to help reduce electric bills. The funding for these projects comes through the USDA’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) and will go toward the instillation of solar panels. Brown helped secure these funds in the 2014 Farm Bill and is currently working on the 2018 Farm Bill as a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee.
“Small businesses and farms are critical to Ohio’s rural economies,” said Brown. “This investment will help provide relief for Ohio businesses and farms, so they can continue to invest in their businesses and create jobs in their communities.”
The following companies have been awarded REAP funding:
- Riley Tractor Parts (Fulton County): $8,768
- Hillside Acres LLC (Paulding County): $20,000
- Winneger Farms (Paulding County): $19,631
- Stoller Brothers & Sons LTD (Paulding County): $15,250
- Red Star Veterinary Clinic (Stark County): $14,115
- Coshocton County Farmer $5,426
- Five Depot Street, LLC (Athens County): $20,000
- Star Engineering Inc. (Perry County): $10,810
In addition to securing a strong Rural Development title in the 2014 Farm Bill, Brown also worked to strengthen and reform the farm safety net, supported conservation programs that protect the local environment, and helped farmers sell directly to producers, which creates jobs and increases access to nutritious, locally-grown food.
In the bipartisan budget agreement passed in February, Brown secured a major improvement to the farm safety net for Ohio’s dairy farmers to help them recover from tough economic times.
Brown recently wrapped up a series of roundtable discussions across the state, where he talked with Ohio Farmers and stakeholders about their priorities for the 2018 Farm Bill.