New Brunswick, NJ – Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES), in partnership with Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) of New Jersey and USDA will host three free one-day workshops in North, Central and South Jersey on On-Farm Energy Savings. The workshops will be held at County Cooperative Extension offices on March 12 in Clayton (Gloucester County), March 14 in Freehold (Monmouth County), and March 15 in Roseland (Essex County).

Through understanding on-farm utility costs and billing, this series give specifics on how to approach a farm’s individual energy use.

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“If a farm’s energy conservation plan consists of changing to energy efficient light bulbs, they’re throwing money away,” said Jack Rabin, associate director for farm services, Rutgers NJAES. “The problem is, figuring out the details of where energy dollars are being spent and how to maximize efficient energy use is so complicated and time consuming most farm managers can’t cope with the process.”

With electric utility and fuel prices increasing in a volatile market, energy conservation is a way to keep farming viable in New Jersey. According to Rabin, “Farms that audit and assess their energy input can frequently find thousands of dollars in annual savings.”

The workshops will cover strategies farms can implement such as the process of assessing electrical equipment energy use and using electricity monitoring devices. NRCS will discuss their programs that assist growers in implementing these tools.

To register for a workshop, depending on your location, contact Gloucester County Rutgers Cooperative Extension at 856- 589-5250 (South Jersey), Monmouth County Rutgers Cooperative Extension at 609- 586-9603 (Central Jersey) or Essex County Rutgers Cooperative  Extension at 973-285-2953.

For more information on on-farm energy savings, go to http://njsustainingfarms.rutgers.edu.