Producing more energy from renewable sources is growing in importance. Some of those sources can be accessed locally.
The production of ethanol and wind and solar energies are just a few of those potential energy sources.
With these new energy possibilities come many questions.
The Bi-State Ag Programs group, a joint effort between Purdue University and University of Illinois Extension, will host a "Going Green Program" on St. Patrick's Day. This renewable energy program will address four topics of interest.
Chad Martin, Purdue Renewable Energy Extension Specialist, will give an overview of what's happening with wind energy and will discuss the implications for farms and rural landowners.
He will also educate attendees on renewable energy grants for farm improvements and upgrades as well as farm energy audits.
Ted Funk, University of Illinois Extension Specialist, will present information on next generation biofuels and solar energy.
Registration begins at 4:30 p.m., March 17, and the program is expected to run from 5-8 p.m.
The sessions will be hosted at the Beef House in Covington. Cost is $20 and includes a meal from the Beef House and program materials.
Those interested in attending are urged to register by March 10 to Lisa Ellis at the University of Illinois Extension-Edgar Unit, by calling 1-217-465-8585 or by contacting Mark Spelbring at Purdue Extension, Parke County, at 1-765-569-3176 or through e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Online registration is also available using credit card payment at www.extension.uiuc/edgar.