Agricultural Energy Efficiency Tour: Grand Valley Farm

Date: August 17, 2017
Time: 6 - 8:30 p.m.
Location: Grand Valley Farm, 4850 Maple Lane Road, Rives Junction, MI 49277
Contact: Charles Gould, 616-994-4547, gouldm@msu.edu.

The purpose of this energy efficiency tour is to promote energy efficiency practices that reduce overall farm energy expenses. This tour will provide farmers with information on how solar thermal, low volume irrigation, diesel irrigation pump replacement, LED lighting, and energy efficient grain drying can reduce their energy expenses. 

Overview of Farm and Energy Efficiency Project
Grand Valley Farms was founded in 1952 in Rives Junction, MI. A seventh-generation farm, it is owned and operated by the Gerald Surbrook Family. The Surbrook family shares management of the entire farming operation and specializes in genetics and high milk production and efficiency. Grand Valley Farms is one of the top producing dairy farms in Michigan. The farm grows approximately 300 acres of corn, 125 acres of soybeans, 120 acres of wheat, and 125 acres of alfalfa. The crops are primarily used for the 100-milking herd dairy operation.

The energy efficiency project that will be showcased in this tour specifically aims to reduce energy use on the farm while maintaining or improving overall productivity, safety, and operator comfort. Energy waste reduction was achieved through the implementation of various alternative energy sources. Grand Valley Farms replaced an irrigation system, installed a solar-thermal hot water heating system, converted to energy efficient lighting, and installed an energy efficient grain drying system.

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