The U.S. Department of Agriculture says 33 small Iowa businesses and farms have been awarded grants to reduce energy costs by improving lighting and installing solar energy systems.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says more than $670,000 is approved for the projects including funding a wind energy project and improvements to grain dryer systems on two farms.
Details of Iowa grants were released Monday as Vilsack rolled out the 2016 funding under the USDA's Rural Energy for America Program. He says 821 businesses across the country received $43 million in loan guarantees and nearly $12 million in grants.
Congress created the program in the 2002 Farm Bill and reauthorized it in 2014 with guaranteed funding of at least $50 million annually for the duration of the five-year Farm Bill.