The intersection between the energy and agriculture sectors is being explored across the country as states look for opportunities to support clean energy, lower costs, and increase resilience along the agricultural value chain. Farmers and ranchers can leverage funding opportunities (e.g., programs through the U.S. Department of Agriculture) to deploy such strategies as agricultural facility and equipment energy efficiency improvements, energy and water efficient growing and harvesting technologies, soil-based carbon sequestration, and clean energy deployment. This webinar will feature State Energy Officials discussing how they engage rural and agricultural communities and what their success stories and challenges have been. Please register here for the webinar.
The NASEO Rural Working Group will meet on a quarterly basis as a forum for State Energy Offices to share best practices and challenges associated with rural and agricultural energy programs and project development, as well as to strategize on rural engagement and federal funding opportunities. The Working Group will also offer educational resources through webinars featuring expert speakers on the energy-agricultural nexus, energy siting and energy efficiency considerations, economic development and workforce potential, guidance for rural community engagement, among other rural energy topics.