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The Washington Farm Energy Program

To address the potential value of energy improvements to Washington's agricultural producers, a unique group of agencies and experts formed the Washington Farm Energy Program.  This interdisciplinary team developed new investment-grade, open-source software and support to help producers evaluate energy-related costs.

Goals of the Washington Farm Energy Program

The Washington dairy industry is a key partner

Because dairy producers agreed to support development of the software, it is being deployed first in dairies.  The South Yakima and Thurston County conservation districts are using the software in a pilot program that is providing participating dairies with site-specific energy assessment and management plans that:

The program could expand to other agricultural producers as funding is available

These include producers of dryland and irrigated crops, small farms and orchards, and possibly other sectors of the agricultural and food packing and processing industries.

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