Welcome to Connecticut Farm Energy

The Mission of the Connecticut Farm Energy Program is to provide technical assistance to AG producers and increase awareness about energy conservation & efficiency while promoting alternative & renewable
forms of energy on Connecticut Farms.



Eastern CT RC&D Area, Inc.

USDA- Rural Development

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Connecticut Farm Energy Program (CFEP)
is a program that is supported in collaboration with Eastern Connecticut Resource Conservation & Development Area, Inc. (RC&D) and the USDA Rural Development.

CFEP aims to provide information as it pertains to energy
and agriculture in Connecticut through the CFEP website,
email updates, publications, workshops and events it
hosts and participates in.

CFEP serves as a resource of information on energy in
relation to grant opportunities, loans, audits, educational
opportunities and events for AG producers & AG based
small business located in Connecticut.

CFEP provides technical assistance in the form of grant
writing to eligible Connecticut Ag producers & Ag based
small business in applying for USDA – Rural Development
REAP (Rural Energy for America Program) Grants. REAP
Grants which are part of the Farm Bill, provide assistance
to those who are eligible with Energy Efficiency and
Renewable Energy projects.

2011 Connecticut Farm Energy Fair

CT Farm Energy Display at the 2011 Connecticut Farm Energy Fair @ Eastern Connecticut State University on July 21, 2011.

Upcoming Events/News


*EVENT* Connecticut Farm Energy & Assistance Workshops - FREE
December 2011 - March 2012
One near you with 1 Workshop held in every County of Connecticut.

Topics covered will include:
Connecticut Farm Energy Program

USDA Rural Development – REAP Grants
Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund
Clean Energy Finance & Investment Authority
Connecticut Farm Bureau Association
Professional CT Energy Installer
Some of the workshops may not have presentations from each of the groups listed above, but information will be available about each program.

To register

call (860) 345-3977 or

e-mail us at ctfarmenergy@aol.com

Workshop Postcard (pdf)


*News* Connecticut Farm Energy Program Goes Statewide
As of October 1, 2011 the Connecticut Farm Energy will be a Statewide Program offering grant writing assistance with REAP to those who are eligible in all 169 towns of Connecticut.

*News* A Guide for Connecticut Towns, Institutions and Land Trusts Using or Leasing Farmland
Land is an essential element of farming, and, after a century of significant farmland loss around the state, access to affordable, productive farmland is one of the greatest challenges that Connecticut farmers face. Farmland owned by towns, institutions and land trusts represents an important source of land for farmers and for local food production.
Download the Farmland ConneCTions Guide



*News* USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) is taking signups

USDA - Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Connecticut, has announced the sign-up period for three of the agency’s conservation programs: the Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA) Program, Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), and Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP). The first round for FY 2012 deadline has been set for October 7, 2011. For more information go to the CT NRCS Website.


*News* Connecticut Department of Agriculture - Farm Transition Grant Program
The Farm Transition Grant Program (FTG) (C.G.S. Sec. 22-26j) is a competitive matching grant program. The purpose of the program is to strengthen the economic viability of Connecticut farmers and agricultural cooperatives.  Producers and agriculture cooperatives may apply for this grant and may receive up to $49,999 matching. 
A producer and an agricultural cooperative match must be at least 50% and may not include in-kind services.  The Department of Agriculture’s share of the project budget is capped at $49,999 in matching funds. Applicants may apply more than one time even if they have previously received FTG money. 
The FTG has been a great success and Connecticut farmers and agricultural cooperative organizations are encouraged to apply! The current application period has been extended to December 2, 2011
For further information go to Connecticut Dept of Agriculture's website


*News* Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority launches On-Site Renewable Distributed Generation Program

Rocky Hill, Conn., September 12, 2011 — The Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority (CEFIA) today announced it has launched a competitive, solar photovoltaic (PV) solicitation under the On-Site Renewable Distributed Generation (OSDG) Program Best of Class, Public Buildings and Affordable Housing Request for Proposals (RFP).  The OSDG Program Best of Class, Public Buildings and Affordable Housing RFP combines the former Best of Class solicitation and Public Buildings solicitation.  It consists of a competitive solicitation covering PV only and a rolling submission solicitation to help fund all other Connecticut Class I renewable energy generating equipment. The competitive, PV-only solicitation is being released today.

Applications under this solicitation must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. EST, December 30, 2011. Prospective applicants will have the opportunity to attend an information session about the program and the current RFP on October 5, 2011.
CEFIA staff will evaluate all eligible applications and then present funding recommendations to the CEFIA Board, which provides all final funding approvals.
Funding decisions for the competitive PV solicitation will be rendered in March 2012. For more information about the OSDG Program, visit www.ctcleanenergy.com/OSDG.



August 17, 2011 Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced grants for more than 900 agricultural producers and rural small businesses across the country to implement renewable energy and energy efficiency measures in their operations. Secretary Vilsack made the announcement as part of President Obama’s rural economic bus tour in the Midwest where today he highlighted efforts underway to reduce our country’s dependence on foreign oil, which will increase the economic competitiveness of rural America and promote job creation. Link to USDA Press Release



*EVENT* Connecticut Farm Energy Fair

Thanks to everyone who participated and came out on Thursday July 21, 2011 from 4-9pm at Eastern CT State University. The CT Farm Energy program in partnership with the Institute for Sustainable Energy hosted the event. If you would like additional information please go to 2011 CT Farm Energy Fair Page.


*NEWS* CT Farm Energy featured in the CT Mirror

The CT Mirror featured the Connecticut Farm Energy Program in an article printed on July 25, 2011. Article (pdf)



*NEW* CT Farm Energy BMP Guide (pdf)

If you would like to receive a printed copy of the new BMP guide please contact our office and we can mail you a copy.