Energy Smart Agriculture Workshop Series Planned for Colorado Producers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Office of Gov. Jared Polis
Heatheryn Higgins, Colorado Energy Office  
 
Mary Peck, Colorado Department of Agriculture
(303) 869-9005 | mary.peck@state.co.us 
 

 
Sessions will focus on energy efficiency, cost savings, on-farm renewables and funding assistance
DENVER – November 7, 2019 – The Colorado Energy Office (CEO) and the Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) will host a series of energy smart agriculture workshops in early December to detail energy savings and climate resiliency opportunities for farmers and ranchers. Created through a partnership between the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service, state government and agricultural industry leaders, the workshops will focus on energy efficiency, cost savings, on-farm renewables and funding assistance.
Colorado farmers and ranchers spend more than $400 million annually on energy, and the workshops will help producers consider how energy efficiency and renewable energy can reduce cost of production, modernize infrastructure and improve margins. The series provides the opportunity for Colorado producers to discuss local concerns about agricultural energy and climate resilience with public officials and industry experts. Workshop attendees will learn about technical assistance that is available at no cost as well as how to access local, state and federal funding.
The workshops will feature presenters from CEO and CDA. In addition, the Colorado Climate Center will give an update on climate and weather considerations, energy, water and agriculture. The series will be co-sponsored by the USDA, Colorado Livestock Association, Colorado Corn Growers Association, Colorado Wheat Administrative Committee/Colorado Association of Wheat Growers, Colorado Potato Administrative Committee, Dairy MAX, Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, Colorado Farm Bureau, Colorado Association of Conservation Districts, and Colorado Rural Electric Association.
Registration is free, and lunch/dinner and refreshments will be served. To register, RSVP via the following links.
 
Tuesday, December 10, 2019
4:30pm - Greeley       
Island Grove Regional Park Bunkhouse
607 N 15th Ave.
Greeley, CO 80631
Opening remarks by Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture Kate Greenberg
 
Wednesday, December 11, 2019
10:00am - Sterling
Logan County CSU Extension
508 S 10th Ave. #1
Sterling, CO 80751
 
4:30pm - Burlington
Burlington Community Center
340 S 14th St.
Burlington, CO 80807
 
 
Thursday, December 12, 2019 
12:00pm - Lamar
Lamar Community College (Bowman 147)
2401 S. Main St.
Lamar, CO 80152
 
If you have questions, please contact workshop organizer Darrell Hanavan at (303) 981-4430 or dhanavanco@gmail.com.
 
###
 
About the Colorado Department of Agriculture
The Department of Agriculture works to strengthen and advance Colorado agriculture; promote a safe, high quality, and sustainable food supply; and protect consumers, the environment and natural resources. See colorado.gov/agmain for more information.
 
About the Colorado Energy Office
To deliver on the vision of a prosperous, clean energy future for Colorado, the Colorado Energy Office works to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and consumer energy costs by advancing clean energy, energy efficiency and zero emission vehicles to benefit all Coloradans. Go to colorado.gov/energyoffice to learn more.