Deadline looms for 2014 farm energy audits through USDA-NRCS
For farmers with a new year’s resolution to save money on operating costs, an agricultural energy management plan commonly called a farm energy audit, is a good place to start.
Funding is available for AgEMPs, through the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Natural Resources Conservation Service.
Farm energy audits generally identify opportunities to reduce between 10 percent and 35 percent of total farm energy use, which enables farmers to take greater control of their energy use and increase their energy independence.
Funding is limited for 2014, with several states facing funding deadlines early in the new year.
Application deadlines vary from state to state, though many have set Jan. 17 as the cutoff for first round of applications.
Farmers should call or visit their local NRCS office to verify application deadlines and apply for an AgEMP.
EnSave is the nation’s leading provider of farm energy audits and stands ready to provide AgEMPs to farmers throughout the United States.
EnSave is a registered technical service provider for NRCS and has provided thousands of farm energy audits over its 20 year history, including several hundred AgEMPs in 2013 alone.
“We are proud to have helped so many farmers reduce their energy costs last year,” said Craig Metz, chief executive officer for EnSave. “Farmers across the United States increasingly realize that energy efficiency is an easy way to trim expenses, and funding from NRCS helps a great deal.”
Farmers interested in an AgEMP can call EnSave at (800) 732-1399 to learn more.
“We’re always happy to provide an explanation of the audit process and help farmers decide if an energy audit is right for them,” said Metz.
Farmers can also visit their local NRCS service center to sign up.
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