Dairy and poultry operations, greenhouse facilities, and flue-cured tobacco farms in Southside and Southwest Virginia are significant consumers of energy. Farmers are challenged with rising fuel and electricity expenses that increase the cost of production and reduce already tight operating margins. Fluctuations in energy costs make budgeting more difficult.
Virginia Cooperative Extension, with financial support from the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Revitalization Commission, implemented a pilot farm energy efficiency program. Continue reading