On-Farm Energy Initiative: Financial assistance is available for Agricultural Energy Management Plans (AgEMP) or farm energy audits that assess energy consumption on an operation. The audit is required to develop energy conservation recommendations. Each AgEMP has a landscape component that assesses equipment and farming processes, and a farm headquarters component that assesses power usage and efficiencies in poultry and livestock buildings, and similar facilities to support the farm operation. AgEMPs must be completed by a certified Technical Service Provider.
Although applications will be taken on a continuous basis throughout the year, Delaware’s three application cut-off dates for FY2013 will end on Dec. 21, 2012, Jan. 18, and Feb. 15, 2013. The assistance, funded through the NRCS Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), will be announced after Congressional approval of the new Farm Bill.