Successful farming requires many ingredients: Hard work, long hours, sturdy equipment, in-depth knowledge of the land and weather, financial acumen and a great deal of optimism in the face of relentless challenges. It also requires electricity. Lots of electricity.
A new game helps young students learn about the challenges and the importance of generating electricity using a variety of energy resources.
Summer is upon us. The long hot days are soon to come, along with the higher electricity bills they bring. For most of us, higher costs come because we run our household air conditioners which depend solely on electricity to cool our home.
Dairies are a fast-growing segment of the agriculture industry in Colorado. Like other industry segments, dairies use a lot of electricity to power the milk production and distribution process. Dairies must do everything they can to keep the cost of electricity low. When electricity rates rise, it hurts these dynamic and productive Colorado businesses.
Chris Craft owns and operates an average-sized dairy farm in northeastern Colorado and says that electricity is a significant portion of the operating costs for all dairy farms.