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March 8, 2012

Energy savings strategies for farmers

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Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES), in partnership with Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) of New Jersey and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), will host a free workshop on farm energy savings.

The workshop will be held at county cooperative extension offices on March 14 in Freehold. This workshop will give specifics on how to approach a farm’s individual energy use, according to a press release from NJAES.

“If a farm’s energy conservation plan consists of changing to energy efficient light bulbs, they’re throwing money away,” said Jack Rabin, associate director for farm services at NJAES said in the press release. “The problem is, figuring out the details of where energy dollars are being spent and how to maximize efficient energy use is so complicated and time consuming most farm managers can’t cope with the process.”

With electric utility and fuel prices increasing in a volatile market, energy conservation is a way to keep farming viable in New Jersey.

Rabin said, “Farms that audit and assess their energy input can frequently find thousands of dollars in annual savings.”

The workshops will cover strategies farms can implement such as the process of assessing electrical equipment energy use and using electricity monitoring devices. NRCS will discuss their programs that assist growers in implementing these tools.

To register for a workshop, contact Monmouth County Rutgers Cooperative Extension at 609- 586-9603.

For more information on farm energy savings and to self-audit a farm’s energy use, look at this Rutgers website here.



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