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USDA secretary announces energy efficiency loan program

Highly efficient LED lightbulbs (Image: Windell Oskay via Flickr)

BURLINGTON, Vt. — U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Vermont officials on Friday announced a $46 million loan guarantee program that will help residents and small businesses improve energy efficiency. The project will be carried out by the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation, which will provide long-term, low-interest loans to individuals, small businesses and local governments to support projects such as ...

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Biofuels program meant to promote different blends at pump

BISMARCK, N.D. — The North Dakota Department of Commerce is accepting applications for a program to market biofuels. The $1.2 million program sponsored through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership offers grants to test and evaluate ways to promote higher biofuel blends, such as E15 and E85. North Dakota is one of 20 states selected to participate in ...

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Minnesota receives $8 million to expand biofuel infrastructure

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded Minnesota $8 million in federal funding under the Biofuels Infrastructure Partnership (BIP) to expand biofuel infrastructure. Minnesota is one of 21 states to receive federal funding to expand biofuel infrastructure and increase the number of biofuels pumps at fueling stations. The investment will boost local economies across Minnesota and ...

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More North Dakota land being dedicated to wildlife habitat

BISMARCK, N.D. — Ducks and geese and maybe even bees stand to benefit from an expansion of North Dakota land into certain federal conservation programs. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is accepting an additional 25,000 acres of land in the state into programs under the Conservation Reserve Program umbrella targeted at wetlands and other wildlife habitat. Of the total, 10,000 ...

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Farmers hope for moisture as winter wheat perks up for spring

As spring weather warms up, winter wheat fields across the plains have awoken with their first signs of life, almost two weeks ahead of schedule, Colorado Wheat reported. Alongside the green, however, have come patches of brown, struggling plants that could not weather sharp, sudden drops in temperature from early winter. With commodity prices remaining low, Roggen wheat farmer Jerry ...

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Democrats fail to separate oil promotion from regulation

Over the last several years one of the favorite talking points of North Dakota Democrats is the idea that the state’s oil regulators are a bit too cozy with the oil industry. Specifically the Democrats gripe about the opening words of Chapter 38-08 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to the regulation of oil and gas resources. It states: ...

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Official warns about credit card skimmers at gas pumps

Official warns about credit card skimmers at gas pumps

NEW ORLEANS January 31, 2016 — Louisiana’s Department of Agriculture says a task force of federal and state authorities has found 23 credit card skimmers on gasoline pumps around the state since June of last year. And clerks at retail outlets have alerted authorities to two others. Thieves place the skimming devices on pumps and then use the information to ...

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Two Colorado projects selected for Farm Bill Conservation Grants

The U.S. Department of Agriculture selected two Colorado projects to receive $9.8 million through the Agency’s new Regional Conservation Partnership Program. Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., helped craft the program, which was created in the 2014 Farm Bill, a news release about the announcement stated Wednesday. The Colorado River District and the Colorado Department of Agriculture are heading up the projects ...

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