U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development State Director for Minnesota Brad Finstad announced that USDA is investing $558,552 to make energy efficiency improvements and reduce energy costs for farmers, ag producers and rural-based businesses and institutions in rural Minnesota.
“By improving the energy efficiency of farms and businesses, energy expenses are decreased and new opportunities for improvement are created elsewhere,” said Finstad.

In Stevens County, family farm owner Jarrod Asmus will use an $11,481 grant to purchase and install a grain dryer that will save the farm $16,887 per year and will replace 338,676 kWh (62%) per year, which is enough energy to power 31 homes.

In Otter Tail County, family farm owner Michael Haarstad will use a $29,975 grant to purchase and install a new grain dryer that will save the farm $30,052 per year and will replace 589,885 kWh (51%), which is enough energy to power 54 homes.

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