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      Ag. Secretary Seeks Assistance for Rural Businesses

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      Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the USDA is seeking energy assistance for rural businesses.

      Funding is provided through the Rural Energy for America Program as part of the department's efforts to strengthen the rural economy.

      Over the past four years the program has funded nearly 7,000 energy projects including Wagner's Supermarket in Arapahoe. They used a grant to replace existing freezers and coolers.

      In all, over 6,800 renewable energy and efficiency assistance projects have been funded.

      More information on how to apply for funding is available in the March 29, 2013 Federal Register, pages 19183-19190.

      In Nebraska, contact one of the following Business Program Specialists:

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