Energy in Agriculture 2018 – Right on time for farmers to take advantage of energy to boost profits

The countdown is on for the hugely popular Energy in Agriculture event which takes place in Gurteen College on Tuesday 21st August and the timing is just right for farmers thinking about reducing costs in what has been a difficult year as well as those considering diversification into renewable energy projects and boosting profitability on their farm.

The event which attracted over 2500 visitors and 60 exhibitors last year will be opened by Minister for Communications, Climate Action & the Environment, Denis Naughten and features 2 Panel discussions with leading voices in agriculture and sustainable energy.

Experts will be on hand in seminar talks and 1:1 advice clinics, to give guidance on reducing energy costs, switching & minimising fuel, achieving energy efficient lighting and improving margins through sustainability.

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), who are headline sponsors of this event, will be available all day to answer questions on the new roof-top solar PV grant scheme as well as the pilot grant scheme for installation of Variable Speed Drive vacuum pumps & milk pumps.

Many farmers may now also be interested in on-farm renewable energy projects. With the prospect of attractive returns on investment, boosted by the long-awaited Support Scheme for Renewable Heat (SSRH) and the Renewable Electricity Support Scheme (RESS), this is now a viable consideration for many.  Renewable energy generation and supply opportunities for farmers will be discussed in depth at the conference.

Energy in Agriculture 2018 is a free to attend, DAFM approved KT national event open to all who are interested in the energy and agri sectors.  The event, which is in its third year, is jointly organised by Teagasc, Tipperary Co Council, IFA, Tipperary Energy Agency and Gurteen College.  Also supporting the event are SEAI as headline sponsor, the Irish Farmers Journal as media partner and Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine, AIB, CPL Fuels and LEO, Tipperary as gold sponsors.  The programme for the day is full and varied and includes discussion panels, seminar talks, large EXPO arena, 1:1 advice clinics, practical demonstrations on renewable technologies, Innovation Showcase & more.  Visit www.energyinagriculture for more details.

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