News Release 132

Energize Missouri Agriculture Grants Attract Missouri Farmers

Volume 38-132 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Kerry Cordray
573-526-4220

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, MARCH 19, 2010 – Missouri farmers and agricultural producers gearing up for the onset of spring are also busy planning ways to save money on their energy bills. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources reports that more than 300 farmers have applied for Energize Missouri Agriculture cost-share grants to purchase energy-saving equipment since the grant program was announced in January.

With five weeks to go before the April 20 application deadline, so far farmers have asked for about $1 million of the $3 million available. “These grants could help a lot of Missouri farms, and we’d like to see more applications from all over the state before the April 20 deadline,” said Davis Minton, the department’s Deputy Director for Operations, himself a Bootheel area farmer. “Farmers can save substantially on energy costs year after year with the right energy-efficiency equipment, and these grants help make up the up-front costs more affordable.”

Identifying some common errors submitted in grant applications, the department's Division of Energy has the following reminders for those interested in applying for grants:

Anyone interested in applying for Energize Missouri Agriculture energy efficiency funding may visit the department's Energize Missouri Agriculture Web page at dnr.mo.gov/transform/energizemissouriagriculture.htm for more details.

Funding for Energize Missouri Agriculture cost-share grants comes from the U.S. Department of Energy through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, managed by the Department of Natural Resource.

For more information on the federal Recovery Act, visit recovery.gov. For more information on Missouri's transform initiatives, visit transform.mo.gov. For more information, contact the department's Energy Center at P.O. Box 176, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0176 or call 800-361-4827 or 573-751-3443 or visit dnr.mo.gov.

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