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Energy efficiency, renewable energy grants available for small Iowa farming operations

Contact: 

Carole Yates, coordinator, Iowa Farm Energy Working Group, 319-273-7599, carole.yates@uni.edu

Stacey Christensen, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728, stacey.christensen@uni.edu

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Farmers with small to mid-size operations are encouraged to apply for demonstration grants using energy efficiency/conservation and renewable energy resources from the farm to meet the energy needs of Iowa's small to mid-size farms. The opportunity is offered through the Farm Energy Working Group of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, which is facilitated by the University of Northern Iowa's Center for Energy & Environmental Education (CEEE) and the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT).

"Adopting technologies using on-farm resources for small and mid-size farms offers many ways for farmers to reduce their energy use," said Carole Yates, coordinator for the Iowa Farm Energy Working Group.

Grant proposals for up to $2,000 will be considered to pay for the farmer's time for installation, administration, report writing and some materials. The grants cannot cover any equipment purchases and no matching dollars are required. The proposal deadline is June 15, 2011.

For more information, contact Yates at 319-273-7599 or visit www.ceee.uni.edu/farmenergy.aspx.