Farm Energy Working Group
Webinars sponsored by FEWG
Webinar - (November 12, 2013 - Aquaponics)
Dave Roeser, a Mapleton, MN, gardener, will describe his family's indoor aquaponics vegetable gardening system that produces leafy vegetables plus trout and tilapia for fish markets. Plants such as lettuce, leafy veggies, and herbs are raised symbiotically. The fish provide fertilizer for the plants while the plants clean the water for the fish in a closed-loop system. A system of hollow, steamroller-sized cylinders with an axle of light down the center gives basil and other plants precisely the right amount of growing light while wasting precious few lumens and reducing the energy needed to light and grow the plants.
Garden Fresh Farms recently won its division in the Minnesota Cup, an annual entrepreneurial event, and also won the Sustainability trophy for the Midwest Regional CleanTech Open that recognizes entrepreneurs that address urgent energy, environment and economic challenges.
Webinar - (February 21, 2013 - Micro-loan and Other Loan Programs offered through the Farm Service Agency)
Brian Gossling presents on Iowa State Farm Service Agency's recently launched Microloan program. Microloans are designed for beginning and small farmers with traditional, niche and specialty operations. The loans are limited to $35,000 with the intent of requiring less paperwork and financial analysis than our traditional loan programs. The application process will be streamlined for the applicant and FSA and the program is designed to allow more flexibility, thereby allowing more operations an opportunity to use the program.
Webinar (October 25, 2012 - Iowa Energy Tax Credit - Solar and Geothermal)
Jim McNulty from the Iowa Department of Revenue explains Iowa's new Energy Tax Credit that started this year.
Webinar (March 29, 2012 - Solar Domestic Water Heating)
Jeff Benz with The Solar Consultants in Des Moines presents on Solar Domestic Water Heating. Jeff discusses the pros and cons of various systems. Click on the presentation below.
Webinar (February 23, 2012 - USDA REAP)
REAP Webinar provided through Farm Energy Working Group
Kate Sand with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development presented on USDA Rural Development’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). Kate is currently the acting Business & Cooperative Program Director for Iowa. REAP provides grants, guaranteed loans, and combination grant/guaranteed loans to help agricultural producers and rural small businesses purchase and install renewable energy systems and make energy efficiency improvements. Click on the presentation below.