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NRCS Working with Producers to Conserve Energy


December 6, 2011

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Amber Carson, Acting Public Affairs Specialist, 701-530-2099

BISMARCK, ND December 6, 2011 �North Dakota Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is offering financial and technical assistance to help farmers and ranchers conserve energy. The On-Farm Energy Initiative is a nation-wide initiative intended to assist eligible producers conserve energy in on-farm settings.

Energy conservation helps to reduce air pollutants, reduce global greenhouse gas emissions, reduce dependence on petroleum based products, and slow the escalation of energy costs due to lower demand.

�he new On-Farm Energy Initiative is a great way for NRCS to help producers reduce their on-farm energy consumption in an economical manner,�said State Conservationist Mary Podoll. �ecent news stories noted North Dakota can make improvements towards energy efficiency and NRCS is poised to assist by offering services that will help conserve energy on our farms and ranches.�

The On-Farm Energy Initiative will help producers identify ways to conserve energy on their farms and provide assistance to implement various measures to conserve more energy. This initiative is available to agricultural producers for the development of Agricultural Energy Management Plans (AgEMP).

An AgEMP is an analysis of current farm infrastructure and management with recommendations to reduce energy consumption on the farm. A plan can be developed for a farm enterprise, a field crop system, and specialized non-livestock operations, such as greenhouses and cold storage. The plan will provide farmers with a cost effective way to reduce operating costs while saving energy.

In addition, energy conservation practices are offered through this initiative. Agricultural producers can receive assistance to implement practices like residue management, windbreaks, and cover crops.

� encourage all farmers and ranchers to contact their local NRCS service center to learn more about the On-Farm Energy Initiative,�said Podoll. �RCS staff is looking forward to partnering with producers to conserve energy and help them lower their energy bills.�

Producers interested in learning more about the On-Farm Energy Initiative are encouraged to visit their local NRCS Service Center or visit Applications are accepted on a continuous basis.

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