Federal officials say $93-million in funding will go toward the development of a wind farm in northern Iowa’s Worth County. The Treasury Department has made the second round of awards through a section of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that provides assistance to energy producers in place of tax credits that they may not otherwise be able to utilize.

Of the $550 million in new awards nationally, $93.4 million has been awarded to the Barton Wind Farm of Kensett. Iowa Senator Tom Harkin says in a written statement that the wind energy industry helps to create jobs in Iowa and grow the state’s economy, while at the same time lowering the cost of energy.

Contributed by Bob Fisher, KRIB, Mason City