Farm energy efficiency and innovation lands in Moree

Fuel efficiency in farm vehicles will be the focus of attention at an energy innovation and efficiency seminar being hosted by NSW Farmers in Moree later this month.
The seminar is the second in a series being run by the association under its farm energy innovation program.

Gerry Flores, NSW Farmers energy innovation manager, said: “Diesel is a major if not the single largest input cost for most broad acre farms. It typically comprises the largest cost after biocides and fertilisers. Annual diesel bills upwards of $100,000 are common.” 

“Our research shows that getting just one thing wrong in your tractor set up or operating methods can by itself lead to 10 percent more fuel being used. If you add a few factors, wastage can be as much as 30 percent. 

“Pumping is also an area where significant energy savings can be achieved.”

Mr Flores said the seminar will address opportunities and also the decision making process around farm energy management, including diesel, gas and electricity.    

“We are looking at the whole farm energy equation from negotiating better energy prices, through to planning capital expenditure. Our focus is on practical solutions and strong return on investment.”

Mr Flores said those with questions about their own operations will have the opportunity to 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 28 March from 1:00-5:00pm, Max Centre, Balo Street, Moree. Afternoon tea, coffee and refreshments will be served. For further information call Gerry Flores on 02 9478 1004 or email at florestorresg@nswfarmers.org.au

Contact: Veneta Chapple

Phone: 0429 990 218

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