Sunday, July 8, 2012

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand visits Richland farm to talk about renewable energy program

Eileen Yager used to raise beef cattle and turkeys on her farm in Richland but today her 112 acres sit idle.

Yager, 81, said the farm work became too physically demanding, but she hopes a new renewable energy program will help bring in an income.

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., held a news conference Thursday afternoon on Yager’s farm to announce a $4.3 million federal grant that would support farmers interested in growing willow shrubs for renewable energy fuel.

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