Agriculture

Unity College Gets Grant for Greenhouses

Carl Weinschenk

Unity College in Maine, which describes itself as “America’s Environmental College,” has received a $40,000 grant to upgrade the heating system of McKay Farm & Research Station’s greenhouses, according to the Lancaster Farmer. The school, which is in Unity, ME, aims to upgrade the campus to carbon-neutral and fossil fuel-free status. The grant, which is seen by   …Continue Reading


Energy Efficiency Blossoms at Michigan Greenhouse

Carl Weinschenk

Micandy Gardens, a greenhouse operation in Hudsonville, MI, has taken significant steps to become energy efficient, according to Greenhouse Grower. The story says that Micandy uses three-phase variable speed pumps for its well water and the company is using double poly – with air filtration between layers – instead of glass houses. Micandy also only   …Continue Reading


Energy Efficiency is Growing on Farms

Carl Weinschenk

Improving the bottom line through better and more efficient use of energy is as important for a farm that grows wheat, corn or tomatoes as it is for a factory that builds cars, refrigerators or ships.


USDA Helping on Small, Rural Projects

Carl Weinschenk

The U.S. Department of Agriculture this week announced that it will support 821 projects being run by small rural businesses and agricultural concerns. The projects all are aimed at reducing energy use and cutting costs. The funding, which consists of $43.2 million in loan guarantees and $11.6 million in grants, will made available through the Rural Energy for   …Continue Reading


Microgrids Positioned for a Bright Future

Carl Weinschenk

Microgrids are popping up in the strangest places – such as a small upstate New York town and a commercial dairy. Earlier this month, the Associated Press profiled the energy activities of Nassau, NY, which is which is near Albany. The town was buffeted by ice storms in 2008 and 2009. The genesis of the   …Continue Reading


LEDs Offer Multiple Advantages to the Horticulture Industry

Carl Weinschenk

LEDs offer advantages to the horticulture industry that go far beyond those they provide to other industries and to consumers. Scientists say that light at certain spectral levels is more helpful to chlorophyll absorption than others, according to LEDs Magazine. Thus, LEDs – in which spectral output can be controlled – are superior to incandescent and   …Continue Reading


Everything is Cool: Refrigeration Sector Reduces Energy Use

Carl Weinschenk

  It’s not surprising that refrigeration, a huge user of energy, is front and center in an era in which efficiency is the name of the game. “Energy consumption, and thus the lack of efficiency in central refrigeration systems, is increasingly becoming a focus for policy-making bodies, both in industry and at the state regulatory   …Continue Reading


Turlock Irrigation District Offers Incentives

Carl Weinschenk

The Turlock (CA) Irrigation District is increasing rebates as a way to cut energy use by business and residential users, according to the Turlock Journal. The story says that the LED energy rebate program for 2016 will rise from $0.05 per kWh to $0.08 per kWh for the first year. The district LED Lighting program   …Continue Reading


Alberta Firm Aims for Energy Neutral Egg Laying Barn

Carl Weinschenk

The owners of the Brant Colony hope to make its egg laying barn energy neutral. Producer.com says that 410-foot by 80-foot structure was constructed with energy efficiency in mind. For instance, the concrete base is farther below ground than traditional egg-laying barns and the sides of the concrete structure are insulated to retain heat and avoid   …Continue Reading


Sustenir to Use Illumitex LEDs in Singapore Vertical Farming

Carl Weinschenk

Illumitex said last week that its LEDs will be used by Sustenir Agriculture, the largest vertical farm in Singapore. Vertical farms are an option or complement to produce growers in countries with limited space. Singapore is one such area. It imports more than 90 percent of its food and, for that reason, there is interest   …Continue Reading