CEO / CDA: Energy Smart Agriculture Workshop Series Planned for Colorado Producers

Sessions will focus on energy efficiency, cost savings, on-farm renewables and funding assistance

DENVER – November 7, 2019 – The Colorado Energy Office (CEO) and the Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) will host a series of energy smart agriculture workshops in early December to detail energy savings and climate resiliency opportunities for farmers and ranchers. Created through a partnership between the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service, state government and agricultural industry leaders, the workshops will focus on energy efficiency, cost savings, on-farm renewables and funding assistance.

Colorado farmers and ranchers spend more than $400 million annually on energy, and the workshops will help producers consider how energy efficiency and renewable energy can reduce cost of production, modernize infrastructure and improve margins. The series provides the opportunity for Colorado producers to discuss local concerns about agricultural energy and climate resilience with public officials and industry experts. Workshop attendees will learn about technical assistance that is available at no cost as well as how to access local, state and federal funding.

The workshops will feature presenters from CEO and CDA. In addition, the Colorado Climate Center will give an update on climate and weather considerations, energy, water and agriculture. The series will be co-sponsored by the USDA, Colorado Livestock Association, Colorado Corn Growers Association, Colorado Wheat Administrative Committee/Colorado Association of Wheat Growers, Colorado Potato Administrative Committee, Dairy MAX, Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, Colorado Farm Bureau, Colorado Association of Conservation Districts, and Colorado Rural Electric Association.

Registration is free, and lunch/dinner and refreshments will be served. To register, RSVP via the following links.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019
4:30pm – Greeley Island Grove Regional Park Bunkhouse

607 N 15th Ave.

Greeley, CO 80631

Opening remarks by Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture Kate Greenberg


Wednesday, December 11, 2019

10:00am – Sterling Logan County CSU Extension

508 S 10th Ave. #1

Sterling, CO 80751



4:30pm – Burlington Burlington Community Center

340 S 14th St.

Burlington, CO 80807



Thursday, December 12, 2019 
12:00pm – Lamar Lamar Community College (Bowman 147)

2401 S. Main St.

Lamar, CO 80152


If you have questions, please contact workshop organizer Darrell Hanavan at (303) 981-4430 or

About the Colorado Department of Agriculture

The Department of Agriculture works to strengthen and advance Colorado agriculture; promote a safe, high quality, and sustainable food supply; and protect consumers, the environment and natural resources. See for more information.

About the Colorado Energy Office

To deliver on the vision of a prosperous, clean energy future for Colorado, the Colorado Energy Office works to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and consumer energy costs by advancing clean energy, energy efficiency and zero emission vehicles to benefit all Coloradans. Go to to learn more.


By Tucker Allmer - The BARN

Tucker Allmer & the BARN are members of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB), the Colorado FFA Foundation, the Colorado 4H Foundation, the Colorado Farm Show Marketing Committee, 1867 Club Board Member, Denver Ag & Livestock Club Member, the Weld County Fair Board, the Briggsdale FFA Advisory Council, Briggsdale 4H Club Beef Leader & Founder / Coordinator of the Briggsdale Classic Open Jackpot Show.

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