Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Energize Missouri Agriculture Cost-Share Program

The Energize Missouri Agriculture Cost-Share Program is sponsored by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources Energy Center. It is offering up to $3 million in cost-share grants to agricultural operations statewide for agricultural energy efficiency improvements and renewable energy equipment. Funding is provided by the Department of Energy through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The grants will fund up to 75 percent of the cost of an energy saving project with a cap of $5,000. Some of the eligible projects include solar powered water systems such as pumps, panels, pipe, tanks or solar powered fencers; Global Positioning System (GPS) Guidance System for tractors, combines and sprayers and Irrigation improvements. To apply or receive more information, go to http://dnr.mo.gov/transform/energizemissouriagriculture.htm or contact your local Soil and Water District office. Information is also being delivered to many local farm supply stores. Applications can be sent to the Energy Center until April 20, 2010. All forms will be reviewed by a Technical Review Committee, and farm operators will be notified after April 20, 2010 if their projects are selected for funding. Contracts will be offered at that time.

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