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Six Wisconsin farms getting USDA energy conservation grants

WASHINGTON D.C. (WTAQ) - Farmers and small businesses in 22 states are getting the latest round of USDA energy conservation funds. 

A Wisconsin farm is getting $32,000 to help pay for a wind turbine and solar energy unit. Five other rural operations in the Badger State are getting grants for solar energy systems ranging from $5,000 to $20,000. 

The money comes from the USDA's Rural Energy for America program, or REAP. 

The grants cover up to 25 percent of project costs, and eligible farmers can get loan guarantees to finance the rest. 

Agriculture officials say the assistance helps President Obama achieve the climate action plan he announced in June to, "reduce carbon pollution and better prepare the United States for the impacts of climate change."

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