The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced it is hiring 40 Climate Change Fellows to help with the record number of applications seeking funding for clean energy projects.
Farmers, ranchers, and rural small businesses are looking for the funds under the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). These positions are part of the USDA Climate Change Fellows Program, which hires new staff with a range of skills to carry out USDA’s activities to address climate change and find solutions to agricultural challenges, enhance economic growth, and create new income streams for farmers, ranchers, and producers. The program brings expertise and fresh perspectives to the federal workforce and expands the climate consciousness of state offices across the country. The agency says the investments in future agricultural leaders will help USDA attract the best and brightest to face the growing challenges to the agricultural economy. For more information or to apply, go to usda.gov.