Powering Michigan Agriculture Webinar Series - Grand Valley Farm

Date: February 8, 2018
Time: 12 - 1 p.m.
Location: Webinar
Contact: Charles Gould, 616-994-4547, gouldm@msu.edu; Al Go, 517-353-0643, goaluel@egr.msu.edu.

There is a great deal of energy efficiency and renewable energy expertise in the Michigan farming community. The purpose of this Powering Michigan Agriculture webinar series is to provide a forum where farmers, as content experts, give a 15-20 minute presentation on the impact of energy reduction and savings through the various energy efficiency and renewable energy practices they’ve implemented, talk about lessons learned, and then answer questions. Case studies for each farm will be made available to each participant.

Farm: Grand Valley Farm

Farm type: Dairy and field crops

Webinar content description: The Surbrook Family own and operate Grand Valley Farm, a seventh generation family dairy farm. Besides milking cows, they raise 700 acres of corn, soybeans, wheat and alfalfa. Jim Surbrook will talk about his experience with solar thermal, LED lights, energy efficient grain drying system, and energy efficient irrigation system. He will share with us the environmental, social and economic impact these practices have had on his farm.The farm was a finalist for the 2016 Governor’s Energy Excellence Award for Agriculture.

Registration information: There is no registration fee due to generous financial support from the Michigan Energy Office. Registration information can be found at http://tinyurl.com/PoweringMIAg. Registration ends at midnight Wednesday, February 7, 2018.

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