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Extension to host Ag Energy Expo


Energy is a big cost in agriculture today and understanding ways to increase your energy conservation and energy efficiency may help your bottom line.

To discuss agricultural energy audits and more an Agriculture Energy Expo is being held at the Yuma County Fair Grounds on Dec. 7, with registration starting at 8:30 a.m. The agenda will include:

--The focus of Colorado State University and CSU Extension as regards Agricultural Energy in the future by Cary Weiner, clean energy specialist from CSU Extension in Fort Collins;

--A presentation from Highline and YW Electric Associations;

--Summary of Agricultural Energy Audits completed in Colorado over the past year will be presented by Mike Kostrzewa, P.E., senior research associate, Colorado State University, Department of Mechanical Engineering;

--Joel Schneekloth, water resource specialist, Northern Region, Colorado Water Institute and CSU Extension will discuss energy use and water;

--Cheryl Scofield, USDA Rural Development area director, and Gary Campfield, USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service, will discuss USDA programs associated with energy conservation and efficiency; and

--Field trip to Rutledge farm looking at some of the items featured in the energy audit will conclude the Expo.

After Nov. 29 cost will be $15. Your registration includes lunch.

According to the Association of Energy Engineers the goals of an energy audit are:

--Clearly identify types and costs of energy use;

--Understand how energy is being used and possibly wasted;

--Identify and analyze more cost-effective ways of using energy;

--Improve operational techniques;

--Discuss new equipment, new processes or new technology; and

--Perform an economic analysis on those alternatives and determine which are cost-effective for your business.

In agriculture your business is both the headquarters area of your barns, grain bins, shops and also your farming operation of your irrigation system, tillage, tractors, equipment, nutrient and pest management and more.

For more information and registration form contact Tim Edgar at 970-522-3200, extension 276, or Rich Mullaney at 970-466-2355 or go to http://bit.ly/e6Sg59.

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