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Fueling Farm Workshop Features Biofuel Processor

June 27, 2007

Media Contact: Steve Moore, North Carolina Cooperative Extension Associate, Center for Environmental Farming Systems, 919.731.3440 or Srmoore2@ncat.edu

Coping with the high costs of energy on the farm is the focus of a July 12 workshop at the Center for Environmental Farming Systems in Goldsboro. The workshop -- Fueling the Farm: Managing Energy Risks and Reducing Energy Costs and Exploring Alternative Energy Sources -- is sponsored by the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) and CEFS.

With oil prices near all-time highs, farmers are experiencing price increases for shipping, storage and processing, along with higher costs for nitrogen fertilizer made from natural gas and propane. As farmers seek innovative ways to cope with high and fluctuating energy costs and reduce their fuel, fertilizer and electric bills, they are also considering the possibility of generating some of their own power using wind turbines, solar panels, anaerobic digesters or biodiesel fuel.

Besides offering an overview of current and future energy use in agriculture, the workshop will show producers how to evaluate their energy saving options and how to finance and build renewable energy projects. Participants will tour energy saving projects at Cherry Farm in Goldsboro, and breakout sessions will cover several forms of renewable energy, as well as state and federal grant and loan opportunities. Hands-on demonstrations will be emphasized.

Workshop participants will have the opportunity to help build a small-scale biodiesel processor from components costing around $300. From 1-2 p.m., participants will design and build a processor that converts vegetable oil into biofuel that can be used as a replacement for or supplement to diesel fuel. From 2:15-3:15 p.m., fuel will run through the biofuel processor. News media coverage is welcome.

Funding for this workshop is provided by the USDA Risk Management Agency, through a cooperative partnership with the National Center for Appropriate Technology.

Participant registration is required. To learn more about the workshop or to register, visit the CEFS Web site, http://www.cefs.ncsu.edu/calendar.htm#energy.

The Center for Environmental Farming Systems, located at the Cherry Farm in Goldsboro, is a partnership between North Carolina State University, North Carolina A&T University, the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and various government and non-governmental organizations.

The National Center for Appropriate Technology is a national non-profit organization with headquarters in Montana and offices in Arkansas, California, Iowa, Louisiana and Pennsylvania. For more information about NCAT, visit www.ncat.org.

For more information about registering for the workshop contact:
Lisa Forehand
Extension and Outreach Coordinator
Center for Environmental Farming Systems
919.513.0954 or lisa_forehand@ncsu.edu

For more information about the program contact:
Steve Moore
The Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS)
919.731.3440 or Srmoore2@ncat.edu
www.cefs.ncsu.edu

Posted by Dave at June 27, 2007 10:14 AM