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Vt. ag projects get $4m from US Agriculture Dept.

November 16, 2010

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MONTPELIER, Vt.—Forty-seven farmers, small businesses and maple syrup makers in Vermont and New Hampshire will receive more than $4 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.

The USDA is distributing the money in Vermont and New Hampshire. Sixty-three applicants in the two states applied for money.

Vermont producers received 41 of the 47 projects funded in the two-state region.

Syrup makers will get an especially large share of the USDA's Rural Energy for America Program.

Dwayne Braman of Moretown is planning to use an $11,000 grant to reduce the amount of wood needed to boil sap into syrup. Braman tells the Barre-Montpelier Times Argus he's hoping to use a reverse osmosis system to dramatically reduce his use of wood.

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Information from: The Times Argus, http://www.timesargus.com/