Agricultural Energy Conservation Tour: Energy efficiency benefits dairy farm

Dairy farmer will explain how energy efficiency practices and a renewable energy project have reduced energy expenses.

Solar array at Langeland Farms. Courtesy of Charles Gould.

Solar array at Langeland Farms. Courtesy of Charles Gould.

Farming operations use an extraordinary amount of energy. Energy requirements can be as much as 34 percent of a farm’s total costs. Helping Michigan farmers reduce their energy expenses is the focus of the Agricultural Energy Conservation Tour sponsored by Michigan State University Extension, the Michigan Farm Energy Program and the Michigan Agricultural Energy Council. There are several stops on the tour. One of the tour stops is Langeland Farms, a layer and dairy farming operation located in Ottawa County. In 2014, the farm installed a 124 kW solar array. Electricity generated is sold to Consumers Energy. Merle and Marlin Langeland will talk about the impact of solar photovoltaic, light replacement in the coop, compressor replacement and other energy conservation measures on reducing electricity consumption and expenses on the farm.

The tour is scheduled for Wednesday, August 17, 2016. This is a bus tour and everyone who registers is asked to ride the bus rather than drive personal vehicles. Registration begins at 9:45 a.m. and we will begin loading the bus at 10:15. The bus will be parked in the Family Fare Supermarket parking lot at 1181 W. Randall St, Coopersville, Mich. The bus will return to the same parking lot at 3:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided to all registered tour participants.

There is no registration fee due to generous financial support from the Michigan Farm Energy Program and the Michigan Agricultural Energy Council. However, registration is required to ensure an accurate lunch count. Please call the Ottawa County Extension office at 616-994-4540 and leave a message with a contact name and phone number and how many will be coming. More details about the tour can be found online.

Questions about the conference can be directed to Charles Gould at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 616-994-4547 or Al Go at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 517-214-6128.

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