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Agriculture Secretary Joins U.S. Department of Agriculture to Announce $1 Million Awarded to Rural Pennsylvania Infrastructure

12/03/2021

Shrewsbury, PA – Today at Saubel's Market in Shrewsbury, York County, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding joined U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack to announce USDA's investment of $1 million to reduce the impacts of climate change on Pennsylvania's rural communities.

"Pennsylvania is grateful that the Biden-Harris Administration has recognized the importance of these investments to foster development and resiliency in communities across the commonwealth through the USDA and Build Back Better agenda," said Secretary Redding. "It takes ownership of the environment and climate related impacts, recognizing climate plays a critical role in the success of agriculture and society."

Saubel's Market store owner Greg Saubel received a $102,413 USDA Rural Energy for America Program grant to install a 300-kilowatt solar photovoltaic system. With the installation of the solar panels, the project is expected to replace 395,539 kilowatt hours (kWh) per year, or enough energy to power 36 homes annually. This includes a projected cost savings of $30,852 per year.

"Pennsylvania's agriculture community has long been rooted in the rural areas of the state," said Secretary Redding. "By specializing in bringing locally grown produce to market and supporting students in local agriculture efforts, Saubel's Market is the perfect example of how strong roots and local investments have so much community impact."

Saubel's Market is one of 22 rural development projects across Pennsylvania to benefit from this USDA nationwide investment of more than $600 million as part of the Rural Energy for America Program or Community Facilities Disaster Grants.

The Wolf Administration continues to prioritize rural development, food supply chain, and sustainability through various programs including: the Farm Vitality Planning Grant Program; the Fresh Food Financing Initiative; the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority; expansion of broadband access to Pennsylvanian's; broadening workforce development; and various funding options for farm energy efficiency improvements.

For more information about the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture's programs and investments to support Pennsylvania agriculture, visit the department's website at www.agriculture.pa.gov

MEDIA CONTACT: Shannon Powers, Agriculture, 717.603.2056, shpowers@pa.gov

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