The Biden administration recently committed $207 million to support fertilizer and renewable energy projects in the U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the funding on January 22, 2024, to enhance competition among suppliers for American farmers, with the primary goal of reducing energy costs in agricultural production. Under the Fertilizer Production Expansion Program (FPEP), the USDA is allocating $50 million to fund seven projects in seven states, including the creation of a fully automated fertilizer facility in Nebraska, and the establishment of a new anaerobic digestion facility in North Carolina.

The USDA is distributing $157 million to 675 projects in 42 states through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), with over $94 million from the Inflation Reduction Act. Projects include a solar array in Colorado, a solar system on a Pennsylvania soybean farm, and an energy-efficient refrigeration system at a South Dakota meat company. The goal is to help farmers reduce energy costs, increase revenue, and promote renewable energy. Agriculture Secretary Vilsack highlighted the benefits, including support for domestic fertilizer production, job creation, and energy cost savings for reinvestment in businesses and communities.