Farm energy efficiency and innovation lands in Griffith

Fuel efficiency for broadacre farms will be the focus of attention at an energy seminar being hosted by NSW Farmers Association in Griffith on Wednesday 16 April.

The seminar is the third in a series being run by NSW Farmers under its farm energy innovation program.

Gerry Flores, NSW Farmers energy innovation manager, said: “Diesel is a major input cost for most broad acre farms and tractors, farm vehicles and pumping stations are responsible for a large part of diesel being used.”

“After biocides and fertilisers, diesel is the next largest cost and bills of more than $100,000 are common. But there are ways to reduce these costs using newer technologies, better management and machinery setup.

“Our research shows that getting just one thing wrong in your tractor set up or operating methods can lead to 10 percent more fuel being used. If you get a few factors wrong, wastage can be as much as 30 percent. Irrigation pumping is also an area where significant energy savings can be achieved,” he said.

The seminar will address opportunities available to improve farm energy management including diesel, gas and electricity.   

Mr Flores said the seminar would look at the whole farm energy equation from negotiating better energy prices through to planning capital expenditure. Our focus is on practical solutions and a strong return on investment.

Those attending will have the opportunity to ask questions about their own operations and discuss their situation with presenting engineers and researchers. 

Local farmers and members of the farming community are encouraged to attend this free seminar to be held on 16 April from 11:00am-3:00pm at the Southside Griffith Leagues Club, 2 Bridge Road, Griffith. Sandwiches and refreshments will be served. To RSVP visit the NSW Farmers website or follow this link: www.tinyurl.com/griffithenergyinnovation

For further information call Gerry Flores on 02 9478 1004 or email florestorresg@nswfarmers.org.au

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3 April 2014 

Contact: Gerry Flores

Phone: 02 9478 1004

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