PROJECT GREEN: NEW STIMILUS MONEY TO MAKE KENTUCKY FARMS GREENER

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Posted on September 21, 2009 at 3:10 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 15 at 5:17 PM

Agriculture is the cornerstone of Kentucky's economy and last week Governor Steve Beshear announced the state would receive $2 million of stimulus money targeting Kentucky farmers.

The money is to help farms become more energy efficient and help with renewable energy production.

2009 Kentucky Farmer of the Year Doug Langley is leading the way by being one of the first to switch his older farming equipment out for newer, more energy efficient ones such as a high tech computer controlled grain drier.

Langley says that computer is only a third the cost to operate as his older equipment. With all of his upgrades, the farm is saving around $15,000 a year in energy cost and will pay for itself in just 5 years.

Doug also uses larger tractors and combines in his fields, cutting his work time considerably.

"We can do work with one machine versus having 2 or 3 in the field," Langley says. "We are always trying to become more efficient and more effective in our work. This is just the first step and there are more stages to come."

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