Energy programs need tweaks to support rural economy

Changes to biomass assistance program needed, and REAP funds should again be allowed to be used for blender pump infrastructure.

In a hearing on the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development programs and their economic impact across America before the Senate agriculture subcommittee on rural development and energy, senators began to take a look at what has been working and what needs to be improved in the areas of rural development and energy funding.

Iowa Renewable Fuels Assn. executive director Monte Shaw testified that properly supporting renewable fuel programs is vital to the well-being of rura

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