CSU accepting applications for irrigation efficiency audits

The Colorado State University Center for Agricultural Energy is now accepting applications to conduct 50 irrigation efficiency audits statewide through the Rural Energy for America Program.

Under the USDA grant funding, the Center for Agricultural Energy will offer energy audits to agricultural producers with pump-driven well irrigation for only $250 — a 25 percent cost share.

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Fifteen affiliated staff and faculty from CSU Extension, the College of Agricultural Sciences and the College of Engineering are conducting the agricultural energy audits as well as outreach and research for the new center.

The center was formed jointly by Extension and the College of Engineering to improve the financial positions of agricultural producers and rural Colorado communities while providing solutions to 21st century energy problems.

Affiliated faculty in the center conduct research that includes such projects as variety trials of various oilseed crops with potential use as biofuel feedstocks, cost-effective means of anaerobic digestion in Colorado’s arid climate, feasibility analysis of small hydropower potential in the state’s irrigation ditches, and testing water conservation methods that could also save energy.

The Center for Agricultural Energy also conducts workshops and other outreach efforts intended to reduce energy costs for the agricultural sector.

To apply for an audit or for more information, go to www.cae.colostate.edu.