News Release 023

Department of Natural Resources' Energize Missouri Agriculture to offer cost-share grants for agricultural energy efficiency

Volume 38-023 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Kerry Cordray
573-526-4220

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, JAN. 20, 2010 -- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources today unveiled its first program under Energize Missouri Agriculture: a cost-share grant program that will reimburse farmers for the purchase of energy-saving equipment. The department will accept applications for funding through April 20.

The program will reimburse farmers up to 75 percent of the cost of qualifying energy-saving equipment. The reimbursement process is modeled in part after the grant program used by the soil and water conservation districts currently operating in every Missouri county.

The grants will reimburse participants up to $5,000 for the cost of qualifying purchases. The Department of Natural Resources is offering up to $3 million in cost-share grants statewide.

Staff from the department's Energy Center have already identified some technologies that will qualify for cost-share reimbursement such as: solar-powered livestock watering systems, solar powered fencers, GPS and auto-steer systems for tractors and applicators, and irrigation systems upgrades and improvements.

The department is also looking for new and innovative technologies that can be applied to agricultural energy efficiency. Anyone interested applying for Energize Missouri Agriculture energy efficiency funding should visit the department's Energize Missouri Agriculture Web page at dnr.mo.gov/transform/energizemissouriagriculture.htm for more details.

Those without Internet access can receive a paper application form from their local soil and water district or call the Department of Natural Resources' Energy Center at 573-526-1723. Applicants must use the paper application form when submitting an application by mail. Printed versions of the electronic online application will not be accepted.

After the deadline, all applications will be reviewed by a technical review panel and ranked using several factors including energy saving potential and feasibility. The department will notify approved applicants shortly after the application close-out date. Applicants will be required to sign an agreement with DNR laying out the terms and conditions of the project. Purchases made before the agreement is signed do not qualify for reimbursement.

The money for the Agricultural Energy Efficiency Improvement Grant Program comes from the U.S. Department of Energy through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and is part of the funds being managed by the Department of Natural Resources' Energy Center.

For more information on the federal Recovery Act, visit recovery.gov. For more information on Missouri's transform initiatives, visit transform.mo.gov. For more information, contact the department's Energy Center at P.O. Box 176, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0176 or call 800-361-4827 or 573-751-3443 or visit dnr.mo.gov.

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