With America’s farmers continuing to face high energy costs, help is on the way in the form of Headquarters Agricultural Energy Management Plans (AgEMPs), commonly called on-farm energy audits. Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) funding is available through the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service for farm energy audits and equipment upgrades. Farm energy audits can generally identify energy savings between 10% and 35% of total energy use, which enables farmers to take more control of their energy use and increase their energy independence.
Many states have application deadlines approaching during the first quarter of 2013, meaning that producers should act now in order to secure their application for this year.
EnSave is the nation’s leading provider of farm energy audits and stands ready to provide AgEMPs to farmers throughout the United States. The firm is a registered Technical Service Provider for NRCS and has provided thousands of farm energy audits over its 20 year history.
“Last year we are proud to have completed several hundred AgEMPs,” says Craig Metz, EnSave’s President. “We’re looking forward to working with more producers in 2013 in order to identify simple ways to save energy on the farm.”
The AgEMP includes a review of current energy use for all fuels, specific recommendations for energy efficiency, and payback periods for recommended equipment. The AgEMP can also be used to access additional NRCS funding for implementation of energy efficient equipment. Interested producers can call EnSave at (800) 732-1399 to learn more about the process or contact their local NRCS office to apply for an AgEMP.