Farm Energy Event aims to help farmers reduce energy use as well as generating it

STOP PRESS: Half-price tickets for pick-up at the gate are still available until 10am on Monday 24 November. Click on the Farm Energy Event website to buy them 


The new Farm Energy Event, to be held at the Newark Showground on Tuesday 25 November, is the first of its kind that deals specifically with farm energy use.


It will focus on how to save energy, show equipment that can reduce its use and provide advice about on-farm generation.


Energy – in all its forms – is a significant expense that requires careful management. At the same time there has never been a better time for farmers to investigate ways to earn income from a wide range of energy crops and generation options.


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The Farm Energy Event aims to provide visitors with practical advice in a full seminar programme alongside exhibitors displaying latest technology and ideas to help cut costs and reduce carbon emissions.


Agriculture is not only an enormous energy consumer, the industry also has the potential to become a large-scale energy generator from a range of renewable sources including, digesters, biofuels and non-food crops.


Visitors will be able to see first-hand the opportunities for diversification into energy crops, the generation of energy on-farm and recycling of valuable resources.


Key areas at the Farm Energy Event will focus on include:
• Energy efficiency and benchmarking
• The most efficient conventional equipment and control systems
• Waste recycling
• Anaerobic digestion and biogas
• Energy supply and management
• Farm business advice and consultancy
• Biomass equipment suppliers
• Biofuels and bio-energy
• Irrigation and water management, including water recycling
• Building design and supply
• Efficiency in refrigeration and ventilation
• Efficient grain drying and cooling systems
• Field equipment use and management
• GPS technology


The planned seminar programme includes:

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Farming Renewables – Renewable energy opportunities for farmers and growers
Tim Foster of SmartestEnergy explores the various options for those looking to generate their own renewable electricity including wind, hydropower, anaerobic digestion and biomass applications.


* Making the most of water
Barrie Jackson of Receau, will be explaining how businesses can reduce water costs with rainwater harvesting schemes and grey water recycling. He will also talk about the need to take heed of the latest legislation.


* Driving down diesel costs
Nick Tilt, a director of 7Y Services explains how an operator awareness and training course, set-up and by the farmer-owned rural business service provider, aims to help farmers bring spiralling fuel costs under control.


* Grants for energy projects
Mike Stubbs, of the East Midlands Development Agency, provides essential information about grants available for those looking to expand or diversify into energy production.


* Energy saving tips for dairy farmers
Andrew Kneeshaw from the Farm Energy Centre offers advice to dairy farmers about how to improve margins by cutting energy costs with a host of practical tips and advice.


Key Facts
Farm Energy Event
Tuesday 25th November 2008
Newark Showground
Tickets cost £10 on the day but you can save 50% by pre registering for tickets on the official Farm Energy Event website or by calling 0845 4900 142