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Electric Cooperatives Sponsor Farm Energy Efficiency Workshops

October 28, 2014

Old Dominion Electric Cooperative (ODEC) will host two Farm Energy Efficiency Workshops for farmers on the Eastern Shore .

The two identical sessions, will be held on Thursday, Nov. 20th at Choptank Electric Cooperative’s Denton District Office (24820 Meeting House Road, Denton, MD); and Friday, Nov. 21st at Eastern Shore Community College (29300 Lankford Highway, Melfa, VA) beginning at 9:00 a.m. each day.

Speakers will include: Dr. Joseph Purswell from Mississippi State University discussing best practices for improving energy efficiency for poultry farmers; and Dr. Maria Papadakis from James Madison University presenting options available for renewable resources and how they compare to energy efficiency improvements and conservation.

Farmers will also learn about funding assistance that is available for them to make energy efficiency improvements to their operations. The program will also include an explanation of the energy audit (how to get one and what is involved), as well as the step-by-step process to apply for United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) funding opportunities; lighting applications (LED); and testimonials from farmers who have already been through the audit process.

The Energy Efficiency Workshops are a collaborative effort between ODEC, its member-owner distribution cooperatives, Virginia Cooperative Extension Service, Exact Energy, the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals & Energy, USDA Rural Development, and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

“This workshop is designed to help farmers, many whom live in rural areas served by electric cooperatives, learn about resources that will help them upgrade their farm’s overall energy efficiency. We’ve been hosting a series of workshops this year, each geared toward a specific sector, like dairy, poultry, swine, and many others.” said Erin Puryear, Manager of Member Services and Energy Innovation Planning for ODEC.

The free workshops, which are open to anyone in the agribusiness sector interested in learning about energy efficient farm operations, will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., with lunch provided. To register, contact Arlene Hines at (804) 968-4024 or email ahines@odec.com by November 13, 2014.

To view the release click here: Farm Energy Efficiency Workshop Release Nov14