(KTEN) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is investing more than $500,000 to add infrastructure across rural Oklahoma.

The goal of the Rural Energy for America program is to combat climate change.

The funding will help farmers and agricultural producers install renewable energy sources like solar panels, or make improvements in other area such as broiler growing farms.

The USDA investment is just the latest in federal and state money being put back into the industry.

"It's our job to take care of the land and the animals," said JJ Jones, an Oklahoma State University agricultural economics specialist based in Ada. "We're always going to do what's best for the land and the animals. If adoption of these types of things is best, then we'll go ahead and do it."

The USDA reports that farms that have already made the changes see an increase in energy efficiency.