The Biden government has recently announced a substantial financial commitment of $207 million for projects related to fertilizer and renewable energy within the United States. Tom Vilsack, the U.S. Agriculture Secretary, disclosed this funding on January 22, 2024, with the main goal of enhancing competition among suppliers for American farmers and ranchers. The primary purpose of this initiative is to reduce the energy expenses faced by those involved in agricultural production. Through the Fertilizer Production Expansion Program (FPEP), the USDA is allocating $50 million to seven projects across seven states. These projects include the development of a fully automated fertilizer facility in Nebraska and the establishment of a new anaerobic digestion facility in North Carolina.

The USDA is allocating $157 million for 675 projects in 42 states through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), with over $94 million coming from the Inflation Reduction Act. These projects, spanning various renewable energy initiatives, include a solar array installation in Colorado, a solar photovoltaic system on a Pennsylvania soybean farm, and an energy-efficient refrigeration system at a South Dakota meat company. The main goal is to help farmers and agricultural producers cut energy expenses, increase revenue, and promote renewable energy infrastructure. Agriculture Secretary Vilsack emphasized that these investments will support domestic fertilizer production, create jobs, and enable individuals to save on energy costs for reinvestment in their businesses and communities.