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The Colorado Energy Office (CEO) and the Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) announce a series of workshops to be held across the state that will detail energy savings opportunities for Colorado farmers and ranchers. Created through a partnership between state government and agriculture leaders, the workshops will focus on energy efficiency and renewables.

The closest workshop will be offered Tuesday, Dec. 13, in Montrose. It will be in Friendship Hall on the Montrose County Fairgrounds, from 7:30 to 11 a.m. Registration is free with breakfast and refreshments included.

Please RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/colorado-farm-energy-workshop-montrose-tickets-28899152142.

Colorado farmers and ranchers spend more than $400 million annually on energy, and the series of six workshops to be held late November through mid-December aims to help producers save money by utilizing new energy technology.

Workshop attendees will learn about agricultural energy use; how to save on energy costs; costs, benefits and opportunities for using renewable generation systems; and funding options to address barriers that prevent farmers from investing in energy efficiency and renewable energy.

If you have a question regarding the workshops, please contact workshop organizer Darrell Hanavan at 303-981-4430 or dhanavanco@gmail.com.

The workshops will feature presenters from Colorado State University, CDA and CEO. In addition, Colorado state climatologist Nolan Doesken will give an update on climate and weather considerations, energy and agriculture. Former Colorado agriculture commissioners John Stulp and Don Ament are partnering to lead the workshop events.

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