Food for Thought: Idaho Program Offers Free Ag Audits for Spud Donations

Spud growers get energy audits for crop donations

Capital Press, January 9, 2014

ST. ANTHONY, Idaho — An eastern Idaho organization that facilitates free energy audits for farmers expects its funding recipients will help stock local food banks with fresh potatoes in return.

During the past three years, farms served by participating rural Idaho electric companies have saved nearly 4 million kilowatt hours of power through upgrades recommended by High Country Resource, Conservation and Development audits.

However, the grant provider, Bonneville Power Administration, withdrew its $300,000 in annual funds for its Ag Energy Efficiency program in September, in response to federal budget cuts.

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