News Release 458

Department offers $500,000 in funding for Energize Missouri Agriculture Field Day: Energy Training Program        

Volume 38-458 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Renee Bungart
573-751-4465

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, AUG. 10, 2010 – The Missouri Department of Natural Resources today announced it will offer up to $500,000 for organizations to offer energy-efficiency education and training to Missouri farmers under the Energize Missouri Agriculture Field Day: Energy Training Program.

Applicants will apply to receive grant funding to host training sessions that will provide information to farmers regarding how to identify opportunities for increasing energy efficiency, how to conduct energy assessments, and how to calculate energy savings and simple payback. The field days will provide farmers with the information, tools and resources to be able to identify opportunities to save energy and reduce energy costs at their facilities.

“We are very pleased to have the opportunity to offer funding for this training program,” said Mark N. Templeton, Director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. “Information and the exchange of ideas are key drivers in change. Programs such as this are the kinds of opportunities we plan to cultivate, sustain and make available for agricultural producers throughout Missouri.”

Prospective applicants, farmers and other interested parties may check the department’s website at: www.EnergizeMissouri.org for additional information and details. Selected organizations must host the field days between Dec. 2010 and Dec. 2011.

The department is soliciting applications through a competitive application process. Applications must be submitted to the department by Sept. 13, 2010. Application documents are now available on the department’s website at: www.EnergizeMissouri.org.

The department will host a webinar August 24 to provide applicants with an overview of the program, a description of funding opportunities, upcoming program deadlines and an opportunity to ask questions. Eligible applicants are extension services, not-for-profit entities, and electrical cooperatives located in or with facilities in Missouri.  For more information on the webinar and application assistance, call 877-610-0832 or email EMA.fieldday@shawgrp.com.

Energize Missouri Agriculture is a Missouri initiative made possible by funds through the Missouri Department of Natural Resources from the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

The department’s Division of Energy is a nonregulatory state office that works to protect the environment and stimulate the economy through energy efficiency and renewable energy resources and technologies.

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