Last Monday, Gov. Cuomo announced that the state will provide $6.4 million to help farmers reduce energy costs, protect the environment, and remain economically viable. This funding is intended to expand upon a 2011 program which has assisted 170 farms in obtaining $850,000 in annual energy savings.

The Agriculture Energy Efficiency Program (AEEP) facilitates energy audits to help identify energy efficiency measures and provides funding that pays for 75 percent of the implementation cost of electricity and gas efficiency projects on farms and at on-farm producers.

We applaud this effort to help our state’s farmers, and hope the state will continue to do so.