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Energy efficiency workshops can help farmers save money

SUFFOLK—A series of workshops is offering farmers useful information about new and emerging technologies to encourage more energy-efficient operations.

An upcoming free Farm Efficiency Workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 31 at the Tidewater Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Suffolk. Lunch will be provided.

The workshop is sponsored by the Old Dominion Electric Cooperative.

“This workshop is designed to help Virginia’s farmers, many of whom live in rural areas served by electric cooperatives, learn about resources that will help them upgrade their farms’ overall energy efficiency,” said Erin Puryear, ODEC manager of member services and energy innovation planning.

Representatives of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service will prepare participants for an NRCS audit that could make them eligible for federal grant funding to implement efficiency projects.

Halifax County hog producers Page and Bobbie Wilkerson participated in a similar USDA energy audit that saved them thousands of dollars.

“It’s phenomenal how much it helped with our LP gas use,” Bobbie Wilkerson said. Since starting the operation in 1992, they had purchased an average of 10,000 gallons of LP gas each year. After the audit, they were able to cut that to 471 gallons. They also replaced a standard water heater with an on-demand one and saved $1,100 in a year.

“Producers should come to this workshop so they can become aware of what’s out there to help them be more efficient and save money in the long run,” said Page Wilkerson, who will be talking about his cost-cutting methods at the July 31 event.

To register, call Deborah Estienne at 757-657-6450 or email debritt@vt.educ.edu by July 29.

Contact Wilkerson at 434-753-2838.
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