Organic Valley launches national clean energy fund for its farmers

New cooperative fund offers nation’s most farmer-friendly renewable energy loan program

LA FARGE, Wis. (WKBT) — The nation’s largest organic, farmer-owned cooperative, Organic Valley in La Farge, announced a $1 million fund to help its farmers make clean energy improvements faster.

Organic Valley is partnering with Clean Energy Credit Union to launch the “Powering the Good Loan Fund” to provide the best loan terms for farmers seeking to reduce their reliance on fossil fuels with renewable energy.

This will impact more than 17-hundred farmers across the country. The loans will allow farmers to add solar systems, become more energy efficient and add geothermal systems for heating and cooling.

“We’ve got a lot of farmers that are interested in advancing renewable energy on their farms. What the fund is designed to do is give our membership access to money at low interest with favorable terms to do these things,” said Bob Kirchoff, CEO of Organic Valley.

There are 400 Organic Valley Farmers in Wisconsin alone, and Kirchoff says this will accelerate renewable energy installations here and on farms across rural America.