On the Radio: Growing Iowa’s energy independence

Photo from Iowa Historic Preservation Alliance via Wikimedia Commons

Listen to this week’s radio clip. It details the efforts of Iowa farmers to reduce electricity use across the state.

These days, crops aren’t all that Iowa’s farmers are growing. They’re making Iowa more energy independent too.

This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.

This year, more than 400 Iowans have netted loans and grants, through the Rural Energy for America Program, for projects that will save and generate energy for farmers and businesses.

The projects include those geared toward wind energy production or updating or replacing outdated equipment to reduce electricity use.

One Black Hawk County farmer will install a 20 kilowatt wind turbine to power his farming operation. Another farmer in Monona will install energy-saving robotic equipment for milking.

It’s these efforts that will ensure Iowans a greener future.

For more information, visit IowaEnvironmentalFocus.org.

I’m Jerry Schnoor with the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research.

Thank You.

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