Innovation is alive and well down on the farm, as producers work with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to improve farm, ranch and rural business energy efficiency and generation.

The agency, through its Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), is busily funding individual projects by producers and rural business people to reduce energy consumption and costs.

Projects are being funded in 22 states, including Iowa, where 14 innovations are underwritten by the USDA. Projects range from installing more efficient grain dryers to installation of geothermal systems, and more. Grants range from as much as $2,000 to as much as $115,000.

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