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USDA Invests $276 Million in Rural Electric Infrastructure

Loans Modernize Infrastructure and Spur Business Growth in 12 States

Ray Gaesser, Member-Owner, Files for Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Following Receiving Distinguished Award

After receiving a first-ever national award for distinguished and visionary agricultural leadership, Ray Gaesser, Republican candidate for Iowa Secretary of Agriculture and Southwest Iowa REC Member-Owner, has returned to Iowa to file the official paperwork for his candidacy.


Electric utilities across the state, including some cooperatives. are noticing a sudden increase in phone fraud. Often times, the caller will say they work for a particular utility, threatening immediate disconnection if they don't receive payment over the phone. 
Southwest Iowa REC will never call to threaten immediate disconnection and we urge them to end suspicious calls and contact the co-op directly to verify the call.

Groundhog Predicts 6 More Weeks of Winter

Follow these simple steps to lower heating costs and keep you warm:


The Southwest Solar Farm project, in partnership with our power supplier, Central Iowa Power Cooperative (CIPCO), was energized on Jan. 30, 2018.

REMINDER: Youth Tour and Scholarship Deadlines are March 1st

The deadline to submit your Scholarship and Youth Tour applications is March 1, 2018.


Our offices will be closed Monday, December 25th and Tuesday, December 26th.

The Directors and Employees at Southwest Iowa REC wish you all a Merry Christmas! May it be safe and enjoyable. 

Lineman Awarded Fire Fighter of the Year Award

One of Southwest Iowa REC’s linemen, Les Helvie, was awarded the Fire Fighter of the Year award from the Corning Volunteer Fire Department.  Les serves as First Assistant Chief on the department.  One of the Seven Cooperative Principals is Concern for Community.  We congratulate Les on his honorable award and thank him for his commitment to the community!


2018 Washington D.C. Youth Tour Trip

Southwest Iowa REC is excited to announce its participation in the national Washington, D.C. Youth Tour program again this year! 

The Washington D.C. Youth Tour will take this place June 8-14, 2018.  For more information on the expense-paid trip visit for more details!

Scholarships Available!

We will be awarding twelve $500 scholarships.  We also have two $1000 scholarships that will be given to students attending an Accredited Lineman School or other electrical trades program.  

Click HERE to learn more.


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