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Energy savings on farm focus of forum

HARRISONBURG -- Farm operators can learn ways to save on electricity and fuel costs at a workshop next month.

The Shenandoah Resource Conservation and Development Council plans to hold a "low-cost/no-cost on-farm energy improvements workshop" on Jan. 8 at James Madison University. The workshop, from 8:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., focuses on "practical advice for electricity and fuel cost savings for poultry, dairy and greenhouse operations," according to a press release.

The workshop also will address energy improvements that can be made and will include a discussion on options for financing upgrades and change-outs. Experts in on-farm energy savings will conduct the workshop. Specialists from the Rural Energy Resource Council and EnSave Inc. will give farmers insights on managing and reducing energy use.

Those interested in attending the workshop should register online at www.shenandoahrcd.org/jmuconfreg.htm or call Lorraine Cormier or Kathy Holm at 248-3321.

Registration is required, and the workshop will cost $10 in advance or $15 at the door. A check made payable to James Madison University should be sent Lorraine Cormier, Shenandoah RC&D, P.O. Box 60, Verona, VA 24482.

The workshop was organized by the resource conservation and development council and the Center for Energy and Environmental Sustainability at JMU. It is supported with grants from the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy and the Shenandoah RC&D.

-- Daily Staff Report

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