Sign-Up for On-Farm Energy Audits by June 11th

Michael Burns michael at fingerlakespermaculture.org
Tue Jun 8 10:08:01 EDT 2010


From:    "Violet Stone" <vws7 at cornell.edu>


Sign-Up for On-Farm Energy Audits

State Conservationist Astor Boozer of USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation
Service (NRCS) announced New York’s participation in an energy initiative
designed to help producers improve energy efficiency on their agriculture
operations. This initiative provides funding for individual on-farm energy
audits intended to save both money and energy when fully implemented.

Applications must be submitted by June 11, 2010 for fiscal year 2010 funding.
Applications from eligible agricultural operations will be approved on a first
come-first serve basis until funds are exhausted. The energy audits will be
individually tailored to ensure coverage of each farm's primary energy uses
such as milk cooling, irrigation pumping, heating and cooling of livestock
production facilities, lighting, manure collection and transfer, grain drying,
and similar common on-farm activities.

Implementation will occur in stages beginning with the short-term immediate
goal of providing the on-farm energy audits, through the development of an
Agricultural Energy Management Plan (AgEMP) to identify ways operations can
improve energy efficiency. Longer term goals will involve implementation of
cost effective practices based on the recommendations provided in the on-farm
energy audits.

The 2008 Farm Bill provides authority to use the Environmental Quality
Incentives Program (EQIP) for payment of practices and conservation activities
involving the development of an AgEMPS. All AgEMPs must be developed by a
Technical Service Provider (TSP). A directory of TSPs can be found at
http://techreg.usda.gov/CustLocateTSP.aspx. For an application or more
information visit:
http://www.ny.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/eqip/eqip2010/energy/energy_2010.html<http://www.ny.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/eqip/eqip2010/energy/energy_2010.html>
Web page or contact your local USDA Service Center at
http://offices.sc.egov.usda.gov/locator/app?state=NY

For more small farm news and events, visit
www.smallfarms.cornell.edu<http://www.smallfarms.cornell.edu/>



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Violet Stone
Cornell Small Farms Program
Northeast SARE
607-255-9227
vws7 at cornell.edu<mailto:vws7 at cornell.edu>

www.smallfarms.cornell.edu<http://www.smallfarms.cornell.edu/>
www.nesare.org<http://www.nesare.org/>


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