The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is assisting agricultural producers with energy conservation through practice implementation and for the development of Energy Conservation Plans. The program is designed to:
Identify ways to conserve energy on their farms through the Agricultural Energy Management Plan, also known as an on-farm energy audit.
Provide assistance to implement various recommended measures through the use of conservation practice standards offered through this initiative.
Funding for this initiative is provided through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program.
Applications are accepted throughout the year. The 2013 funding cycle has now closed. Any applications received will be considered in 2014.
122 Agricultural Energy Management Plan - Headquarters
124 Agricultural Energy Management Plan - Landscape
328 Conservation Crop Rotation
340 Cover Crop
374 Farmstead Energy Improvement
449 Irrigation Water Management
533 Pumping Plant
345 Residue and Tillage Management, Mulch Till
329 Residue and Tillage Management, No Till/Strip Till/Direct Seed
380 Windbreak/Shelterbelt Establishment
To be eligible to implement Farmstead Energy Improvement, the applicant must have an on-farm energy audit (no more than 5 years old) that meets the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) standard 612, Performing On-farm Energy Audits.
Kris Berg, Program Specialist
Tim Ouellette, Assistant State Conservationist for Programs