Brubaker Farms will use a nearly $200,000 grant to help purchase and install a 224.07 kilowatt solar photovoltaic system at its dairy farm in Mount Joy. The project is expected to save the farm over $30,000 annually and replace 255,250 kilowatt hours, which is enough energy to power 23 homes.
While certain federal benefits won’t be impacted, a government shutdown would affect a number of other benefits that rural communities rely on, such as food and housing assistance.
A new report outlines rural policy recommendations focused on four major tenets: protecting people’s freedom to live and work safely; investing in infrastructure; reining in corporate greed and protecting workers, small businesses, and family farmers; and creating opportunities for a better future.
Participants of the 2023 Rural Policy Action Summit spoke about how to expand resources for those in rural communities, among other topics.