Over the past three years USDA has taken important steps to help meet President Obama's goal of building a secure energy future for the nation.
Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says USDA has helped back the research and planning to expand production of biofuels and other bio-based products. Also - Vilsack says USDA has supported farmers and entrepreneurs working to produce renewable energy and become more energy efficient.
"We want Americans to learn about our good work and also see how their community can get involved in an expanding renewable energy and bio-based economy that is creating jobs and driving economic growth across America," Vilsack said. "So USDA has launched a new energy website to serve as a one-stop shop for data about energy efficiency and renewable energy programs at USDA; it builds on my commitment to make sure that USDA is using the most up to date technology to deliver modern and efficient service."
Vilsack says that in today's competitive rural business environment it is important to help farmers, ranchers, and small businesses learn about funding opportunities to improve their bottom line with energy efficiency and renewable energy efforts. He says this new website www.usda.gov/energy is an excellent way for them to get started.
"The new energy website provides access to all USDA energy resources including agricultural, forestry, economic and social data," Vilsack said. "A set of new web-based tools including a renewable energy investment map and an energy matrix focus on USDA's investments and projects, providing useful information to a broad spectrum of stakeholders."
According to the ag secretary, the website makes it easy to navigate USDA's energy resources and also provides a link to find energy experts in USDA state and local offices. He says this site helps answer the challenge of cutting red tape and modernize services, making the best use of taxpayer resources to provide the best possible service to the American people."