The Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE) at the University of Northern Iowa is offering a new grant program to encourage energy efficiency and environmentally safe farming practices. Grants of up to $2,000 will be offered to farmers who have small to mid-sized farming businesses that are looking to incorporate energy efficiency, conservation as well as renewable energy measures on their farms. These grants will also go toward payment for the farmer’s time for the installation of these practices as well as other duties relating to the new practices.
Working group co-coordinator Jeff Beneke says that CEEE wants to encourage farmers to work on new projects instead of ones similar to grant awardees in the past. “Our past grant recipients have developed innovative ways to reduce their need for fossil fuel use on their farms. We want to encourage farmers to propose projects not awarded in previous grants,” he said in a Leopold Center news release.
To learn more about previous grants as well as application information visit the Farm Energy Working Group page.
Source: Energy grants available for smaller farm operations, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture