USDA Rural Development State Director Patty Clark recenlty announced 25 projects were selected for funding to produce renewable energy and make energy efficiency improvements. Funding is made available through USDA Rural Development’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), which is authorized by the 2008 Farm Bill.?“USDA Rural Development’s REAP Program assists Kansas agricultural producers and small business owners invest in energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies that help reduce their energy needs,” stated USDA Rural Development State Director Patty Clark. “The REAP Program helps create jobs in rural Kansas and stabilizes energy costs for farmers and rural businesses.”?Area small businesses and farmers selected for funding include:?Hesston — Donald L. and Janice Schroeder, $7,193, Energy Efficiency Improvement?Moundridge — Carolyn J & Gerald C Faus Rev. Trust, $4,859, Energy Efficiency Improvement; Fred Seiler, $7,739, Energy Efficiency Improvement?Newton — Raymond Regier, $6,881, Energy Efficiency Improvement; Stucky Farms, Inc., $5,331, Energy Efficiency Improvement