USDA Helping Businesses Adopt Renewable Energy

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Four Iowa businesses are getting a little help to become energy efficient or adopt renewable energy sources.

The USDA is trying to get more businesses to transition. On Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced $300 million to help out small businesses save money on energy costs. He says cutting energy waste is one of the best ways to help companies save money and cut carbon pollution.

The $300 million will go to grants or loans to business across the state to help out switch to renewable energy or become more efficient.

That includes four local businesses in Iowa, totaling about $350,000 in grants. The Iowa companies approved are Iowa Aluminum Inc., Little Sioux Corn Processors LLC, Mipa Hog Farms LLC, and Siouxland Energy Cooperative.