There’s an old saying that “there’s no such thing as too much roofing.”
And for a while, that was true.
The roofing industry has seen a steep decline in the past decade.
But in 2017, with a new roofing standard being introduced, it looks like the roofing boom is on the verge of a revival.
This week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a $50 million grant to help develop new roofs for farmers and ranchers.
The money was awarded through the Agricultural Land Conservation Fund, which provides incentives to encourage private land owners to improve their land and protect it from erosion.
The program was designed to encourage farmers to improve water conservation.
“As more land is lost in the agricultural land loss process, water quality and water quality management are going to be more critical for agriculture,” said Dan Siegel, a senior vice president for the Agricultural Resource Management Service, a division of the USDA.
The grant is part of the $1.1 trillion Agricultural Land Improvement Program, which was created in 2009 to help farmers improve their farm operations, reduce the number of greenhouse gas emissions, and save money.
The Agriculture Department has also received a grant of up to $2.5 billion for water conservation and watershed restoration projects, the Department of Energy’s Office of Water said.
So far, $2 billion has been earmarked for these projects.
But Siegel said that the program is already seeing results.
The agency has already awarded grants totaling $1 million to farmers and other land owners who are using new technologies to improve and extend their roofs, including using LED panels that use less electricity.
The LED panels use less energy and do not require any additional irrigation, he said.
“These panels are being used in a number of agricultural projects across the country,” Siegel added.
In addition to the grant, the USDA has awarded another $20 million in research and development to help improve water management in rural communities.
The Department of Water and Power has also been able to help address water pollution in rural areas by working with farmers and landowners.
Siegel noted that the EPA has also committed to funding research and technical assistance for the irrigation of public lands in the Midwest.
The USDA is also planning to award another $500,000 in agricultural technology research grants to help boost water conservation in the future.