UNI Program Provides Grants to Energy Saving Farmers

Bob McArthur, of Marion, harvests soybeans on Neal Horning's farm in Marion on Satuday, Oct. 4, 2008. Horning has been growing soybeans on his farm for 14 years. (Amanda LaRae Larkin/The Gazette)

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By Rachel Begle

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) - Farmers with small to mid-sized operations may apply for grants to incorporate energy efficiency, energy conservation, and renewable energy measures into their farms.

Grants of up to $2,000 are offered through the Farm Energy Working Group at the Center for Energy & Environmental Education which is located at the University of Northern Iowa. The money for the grant comes from the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, a research and education based at center at Iowa State University.

The grant funding can pay for the farmer's time for installation, administration, and report writing. Grants cannot cover equipment purchases.

Past projects have included a robotic milking machine in Monona, wind and solar projects, and biogas heaters and generators.

The deadline for application is Feb. 28.

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