Futurescapes Ag Show

first_imgMake your lawn look like a premier golf course. See the latest research on ornamentals.Or learn more about wetlands. You can do it all at FutureScapes.FutureScapes, the third annual Ag Showcase, will be at the Georgia Experiment Station in Griffin, Ga., onThursday, Sept. 3. The event will focus on home and professional landscapes, forest landsand wetlands.Ag Showcase highlights Georgia agriculture. The Universityof Georgia College of Agricultural andEnvironmental Sciences, Fort ValleyState University and Abraham BaldwinAgricultural College are sponsors.”Ag Showcase was conceived as a showcase for the many contributions the College ofAgricultural and Environmental Sciences makes to people in our state,” said Gale Buchanan, CAES dean and director. “Weenvisioned that such an event probably should be at different sites around the state,particularly in Tifton, Griffin and Fort Valley.”The first two Ag Showcases were on the CAES Tifton campus. The third will be on theGriffin campus. And plans are already under way to have the fourth at Fort Valley State.FutureScapes will begin with three concurrent field days. The fee for either theTurfgrass Field Day or the Ornamentals Open House is $25 before Aug. 14 and $40 afterthat. For the Land Use and Forest Management Field Day, the fee is $10 before Aug. 14 and$15 after that. The fee for each includes lunch.The Turfgrass Field Day will include updates on managing tall fescue, bent grass,zoysia, buffalo grass and seashore paspalum. It will also cover disease and insectproblems and fire ant control.Visitors will see the UGA DistanceDiagnostics Digital Imaging System, too. This system slashes the time needed todiagnose homeowners’ plant disease problems.The Ornamentals Open House will cover topics from soil amending and composting tomulches and plant growth regulators. Visitors will see insect-resistant azalea varietiesand low-pesticide landscapes. They will also tour the Georgia Station Research andEducation Garden.The Land Use and Forest Management Field Day will update visitors on managing forestland. Topics range from controlling forest pests and prescribed burning to grazing landsand waterfowl management.Experts at this field day will tell about food plots for deer. They will show how tocontrol wildlife damage, too, and how to manage forest land for wild turkeys and otherwildlife. They will tell about wetlands, building ponds, managing waterfowl andstabilizing stream banks, too.After lunch, Ag Showcase ’98 will be open to the public, with noadmission fee. Displays will highlight research projects at the three ag colleges. Cotton,corn and other Georgia crops will be growing in a nearby field.High school students can learn about careers in agriculture. Representatives from eachof the sponsoring schools will tell about their academic programs.”The focus of the third Ag Showcase on ornamentals, turf and land use iscompatible with many of the programs at the Griffin campus,” Buchanan said.”These areas also are some of fastest-growing aspects of Georgia agriculture. Theyare a natural focus for this Ag Showcase.”To learn more about FutureScapes or sign up for a field day, call (770) 229-3477. Orcontact your county Extension Service office. To view the complete program, visit the Website at http://www.griffin.peachnet.edu/agshow.last_img read more

Farm Fresh.

first_imgThe market, Farm Fresh Tattnall, is actually a cooperative of 18 roadside markets and pick-your-own farms working together to provide fresh produce and family outings in southeast Georgia.”I don’t know of anyone else doing this in Georgia,” said Reid Torrance, Tattnall County coordinator for the University of Georgia Extension Service. “We think it’s a concept that’s going to be picked up around the state, though. It’s an outlet mall kind of thing.”Co-op Fruits, VegetablesThe 18 co-op members grow a variety of fruits and vegetables, from Vidalia onions, butterbeans, sweet corn and tomatoes to peaches, strawberries, blackberries and watermelons.Torrance worked with the growers, UGA economists and a number of others to form the co-op and begin the group’s joint marketing.”This is a marketing cooperative in which the growers have agreed to pool their resources,” said Kent Wolfe, an extension marketing and finance economist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.Pooling Resources”They realize that if they pool their resources they’ll have a lot more money to advertise on television and in other ways that aren’t feasible for individual growers,” Wolfe said.The Georgia Department of Agriculture agreed to provide up to $20,000 in matching funds to support the cooperative.”We want it to be a start-up for other areas around the state,” said Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Tommy Irvin. “Everybody’s interested in farm-fresh produce. And when you get the farmers into direct-marketing, you can’t get any fresher than that.”The U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Tattnall County government, local legislators and others came up with the required matching funds.Logo, BrochureWith part of the money, the co-op developed a logo and printed a slick brochure to promote the farms and markets. They mailed it to more than 16,000 households in seven counties.”The concept of us farmers getting together is the most unusual thing about this,” said Danny Durrence of D.C. Durrence Farm. “We’re usually trying to beat the other fellow out of a customer. But by pooling our resources, everybody’s going to benefit.”If a customer wants something Durrence doesn’t grow, he points out the closest of the farms that do have it. Torrance says that’s not as unusual as you might think. “There’s been a lot of cooperation among the group before,” he said.Most of the farms have fresh produce ready for their customers. But Durrence was getting calls even before he did.Family Outings”Some were old customers, but many were people who’ve seen the brochure,” he said. “Some people have even come out making a ‘dry run,’ just so they’d know where to come when everything’s ready. Three families came out in a group. They were home-schooling, and it was a day out for the kids, like a field trip.”Part of the appeal of Farm Fresh Tattnall is the trip to the farm. “You’d be surprised how many kids come here who’ve never seen a chicken or a cow or a tomato on the vine,” Durrence said.Torrance says the new co-op is selling the farms’ wonder as much as the fruits and vegetables. “We’re trying to market the country atmosphere and farm experience,” he said.last_img read more

Small grant pays big

first_imgAnd it didn’t end there. A group of shoppers and growers fromPike County started attending the Carroll County workshops. Theydecided to launch Pike County’s Market on the Square a few weeksafter the Cotton Mill Market opened. * A rose grower saw the potential of all those Saturday morningcustomers and built a small, inspected kitchen to sell bakedgoods along with fresh-cut roses.* A beef producer set up a new customer base by hawking histransition to pastured beef on market mornings.* A senior citizen who had been making quilts as a hobby broughtsome for a special market event and found a new generation ofcustomers. Downtown market opens in Upson CountyAnd that’s not the end of the success story. Upson CountyExtension Agent Wes Smith watched Market on the Square’s successfor a season. Then in 2003, he organized the Downtown Market inThomaston, building on the bylaws and rules passed along to PikeCounty from Carroll County.The Downtown Market started out on Wednesday mornings. It soonexpanded into Monday evenings, too.”The Downtown Market has definitely been a success,” Smith said.”Our first season provided a retail outlet for 30 farmers andbrought shoppers downtown.”With 24 market days, the growers had about $20,000 in sales. Themarket will start the 2004 season with both the Monday andWednesday market days.Jordan wasn’t surprised. “While it’s exciting that all thisactivity in Carroll, Pike and Upson counties started with amodest amount of grant money from Southern SARE, it’s not uniqueto Georgia,” he said.”We’re seeing this kind of ripple effect throughout the South,”he said. “It’s exactly what we envisioned when we started thisgrant program: many new opportunities springing from eachsuccess.” By Gwen RolandUniversity of Georgia Few Georgia counties have more farms than Carroll County — 702in 1997. With much of Atlanta only an hour away, though, thecounty’s agriculture was fast losing ground to urban sprawl.In 2002, the Carroll County Farmland and Rural PreservationPartners started looking for ways to reverse the trend. Theybelieved a farmers’ market might connect farmers with thecommunity and highlight the county’s rural character.The group got a $23,000 grant from the Southern RegionSustainable Agriculture Research and Education program run by theUniversity of Georgia and Fort Valley State University. A little money = startling resultsSARE usually provides major funding for large-scale scientificresearch. “But there are situations where a little money putdirectly into the hands of people close to a problem can producestartling and immediate results,” said Jeff Jordan, director ofSouthern Region SARE at the UGA Griffin, Ga., campus. The small grant to the Carroll Partners did just that. The groupconducted workshops to help growers choose high-demand crops,grow quality produce, set competitive prices, create attractivemarket displays and develop customer relationships. In the first season, 28 vendors sold more than $150,000 worth offruits, vegetables, cut flowers, grass-finished beef, honey,preserves, baked goods, landscape plants and a few traditional,handmade crafts.In 2003, the market added 10 more vendors. It expanded into asubscription market at the end of the season. Market on the Square was an immediate hit, averaging 10 vendorsin 2002 and 25 in 2003. The president of a local bank was soimpressed he offered the market free use of the bank’s shaded lotnext to the town square. Besides boosting retail sales of fresh produce, Market on theSquare has helped launch several new businesses in Pike County. A model for others to followThey used the Carroll County market as a model. They evenborrowed the bylaws and vendor regulations as a starting pointfor their own documents. last_img read more

Free pine straw

first_imgMowing. Contoured pine strawislands, with just a few plants, can replace large areas ofhigh-maintenance lawn. Where you already have groups of shrubs ortrees, use pine straw to tie them together, he said. Then youwon’t have to mow around them individually.Watering. Sunshine and windwill take away much less water if the soil surface is coveredwith mulch, he said. Reduce water needs with pine straw mulcharound shrubs and in flower beds.Weeding. Mulches help controlweeds, he said. That provides two advantages: One, you don’t haveto pull weeds yourself. And two, you don’t have to spray chemicalherbicides around your yard. Extension foresters say pine straw actually falls year-round. Butneedle-fall is heaviest in fall, winter and early spring.If you have more pine straw than you can use in the fall, justfind an out-of-the-way place to pile it up and save it.Next spring, you could be happy you did. For all the reasons it’sso good in your landscape, pine straw can be just as valuable asa mulch in your vegetable garden.It can help keep the soil moist in small gardens, raised bedgardens or small beds of vegetable plantings. It can be good formulching small fruits, too, such as strawberries or blueberries.It can also help keep soil from washing from heavy rains,Westerfield said. That protects water quality and keeps you fromhaving to repair eroded areas.Here are some tips, he said, to help make the most of your pinestraw.Don’t replace. Replenish. One ofthe benefits of mulching, he said, is the organic matter it addsto the soil as it decomposes. Don’t remove the old straw. Justadd new straw on top of the old to make a layer at least 2 to 4inches thick. That’s the least it will take to be effective.Don’t pile it on too thick. “Idon’t know that it will hurt so much,” Westerfield said. “But anymore than about 6 inches just won’t do any more good.”Leave room around the stems.Especially with azaleas, he said, mulch piled up around the stemscan lead a second root system to develop. That often happens atthe expense of the deeper roots, which leaves the azalea evenmore susceptible to drought damage.Don’t just stuff it underneath.Spread it beyond the drip line, the line right under theoutermost leaves. Getting it over the feeder roots is the key, hesaid.Mulch young trees. It’s reallyimportant in the first two or three years, he said. Withshallow-rooted trees like dogwood, redbud or crape myrtle it’sgood to mulch even after that.Don’t use landscape fabric under thestraw unless your main purpose is complete weed control.If that’s the case, you won’t need as thick a layer of straw.In most cases, Westerfield said, pine straw that’s 2 inches deepafter it settles does 90 percent of what you’d expect the fabricor plastic liner to do. And 4 to 5 inches of fresh straw willsettle to about 2 inches.(Dan Rahn is a news editor with the University of GeorgiaCollege of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.) By Dan RahnUniversity of GeorgiaGeorgia pines have started raining pine straw early this year.And yes, somebody has to rake it all up. But pine straw can bemore of a blessing than a chore, said University of Georgiaspecialist Bob Westerfield.”If you use it right, pine straw can actually help you have lessyard work to do,” said Westerfield, a UGA Cooperative Extensionconsumer horticulturist.Pine straw can free you, he said, from having to do so much:last_img read more

Perfect Planting Spot

first_imgChoosing a garden site is one of, if not the most, important decisions a gardener will make. Don’t just pick a random spot. The ideal place for a vegetable garden should be a level, well-drained site that receives full sun all day. The site should also get good air circulation and the soil should be loose, fertile and easy to work. Few gardeners are lucky enough to have such a perfect spot. If you’re like most and have a less than ideal location, follow these tips from University of Georgia Extension to develop a useable garden site.Tips for successChoose a site that receives at least six hours of direct sunlight each day (10 to 12 hours is ideal) in the summer. A gradual sloping hillside with a southern exposure is preferable.Plant vegetables away from buildings, trees and other things that could shade the garden. If part of the garden must be in the shade, grow lettuce or cool crops such as cabbage, broccoli and kale there.Examine the site to see how well the soil drains. Avoid placing the garden in a low spot where water drains poorly and areas that are compacted and stay soggy after a rain. Loamy or sandy loam soils are preferable to heavy clay soil. Solve minor drainage problems by adding lots of organic matter, which will help retain water and build soil nutrients. Do not add sand to Georgia clay – it will turn your soil into concrete. Select a spot away from trees and shrubs. Their roots will rob vegetables of nutrients and water. Remember, tree roots often extend far beyond the tree’s drip line.Look for a site that supports lush vegetative growth, even if it’s in the form of dark green, sturdy weeds. If weeds won’t grow in an area, vegetables probably won’t grow there either.Consider the distance to the nearest water source. A nearby, easy-to-use water supply is important. Watering is crucial at planting time and during the summer heat. If watering the garden is a hassle, the desire to keep the garden going may vanish.Take note of how far the garden is from your back door. The closer it is to the kitchen, the more you’ll use those fresh vegetables, fruits and herbs.Forethought will be rewarded laterPlanning is an important step to planting and growing vegetables. The more thought you put into your garden ahead of time, the more successful your harvest will be. For more information on planting a backyard vegetable garden, contact your local UGA Extension office at 1-800-ASK-UGA1.last_img read more

Ag Abroad Photo Contest

first_imgA picture may be worth 1,000 words, but for University of Georgia students who participate in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences’ (CAES) Ag Abroad Photo Contest, they are worth much more.These students’ photos are representative of an expanded worldview, unique educational opportunities and life-changing travel experiences.For the past five years, the CAES Office of Global Programs has asked students to share the photos that they’ve taken during their travels abroad. The photos are then displayed at the college’s annual International Agriculture Reception in April.For some, the contest is a way to share a piece of their home country. For others, it’s a chance to document what they learned during their study abroad trip or international internship. And still for others, it’s a chance to show off their skill with a camera.Whatever the motivation, the photos allow the contest participants and their fellow students to learn about agriculture in a way that they might not encounter during a class or a domestic internship.“The Ag Abroad Photo Contest is a way for students to tell a meaningful story from their time abroad and to reflect upon what they encountered,” said Amanda Stephens, associate director of student engagement for CAES and the contest’s organizer. “These students have life-changing experiences, and their photos are a snapshot into a particular culture and the moments that impacted them greatly.”“Two students may have the same experience abroad but take away completely different perspectives,” she said. “The photo contest gives students a chance to process and interpret their international experiences while sharing them with other students who may be encouraged to go abroad in the future.”This year students submitted 33 photos from five different continents. The winning photos were taken in Tanzania, China and Nepal.Charlotte Goldman, a pre-med and biological sciences major from Bethesda, Maryland, took her first place-winning photo, “Cash Cows and Little Goat, Too,” near Lake Eyasi in Tanzania. The photo depicts a Datoga woman, who is milking one of her family’s cows, allowing a baby goat to nurse from the cow. The Datoga are a pastoral tribe that places a high value on cattle for their livelihood, both as a currency and as a symbol of status. Goats are also used as a currency, though they are seen as much less valuable.This year’s second-place photo, “Farming System,” by Nepalese poultry science doctoral student Pratima Adhikari, shows a typical day of rice cultivation in the hills of Nepal. Every member of the household participates and goes into the field to plant the rice, and every household farms to produce the food they need for the year, Adhikari wrote in the caption.Chongxiao Chen, a graduate student from Mudanjiang,China studying poultry science at UGA, took home third place with his photo “Free Range.”For more information about the study abroad programs offered by CAES, visit global.uga.edu. To see the rest of the photos submitted to the 2015 Ag Abroad Photo Contest, visit tinyurl.com/AgAbroad2015.last_img read more

Tomato Types

first_imgThe desire for fresh, homegrown tomatoes is the main reason many homeowners plant gardens. Most tomato plants are planted in late March and April, and every spring some homeowners run into problems with their tomato plants.Tomatoes are susceptible to a lot of diseases. Once infected, it is too late to stop most diseases from killing or limiting the production of the plant. Using a few cultural practices and planting varieties that are resistant to disease can make for a more productive tomato harvest.Two newer, good-tasting, disease-resistant tomato varieties are ‘Red Bounty’ and ‘Bella Rosa’, both of which are resistant to tomato spotted wilt virus.When selecting plants, look for varieties that have a lot of letters next to the name. This means the plants have a built-in resistance to disease. An example would be a popular variety called referred to as the “‘Celebrity’ VFFNTA hybrid.”The letters by the name tell the gardener the plant pests and diseases to which the variety is resistant. “V” refers to Verticillium wilt; “F” is for Fusarium wilt; “FF” is for Fusarium wilt races 1 and 2; “N” is for nematodes; “T” is for tobacco mosaic virus; “A” is for Alternaria (early blight); and “TSWV” is for tomato spotted wilt virus.Tomatoes are classified as determinate or indeterminate types. Determinate varieties produce fruit that ripens over a short period of time, producing a large volume of tomatoes early in the season. Once the tomatoes have been harvested, the plants can be removed. Indeterminate varieties produce fruit continually throughout the season.Popular determinate hybrid varieties include ‘Bush Celebrity’ VFFNTA, ‘Bush Early Girl’ VFFNT, ‘Celebrity’ VFFNTA and ‘Mountain Spring’ VFF. Popular indeterminate hybrid varieties are ‘Early Girl’ VFF, ‘Better Boy’ VFN, ‘Big Boy’ and ‘Beefmaster’ VFN.Some gardeners prefer tomato plants that produce small fruit. Popular cherry tomato varieties include the ‘Jolly’, ‘Sweet Baby Girl’ and ‘Super Sweet 100’ hybrids.In addition to buying disease-resistant varieties, gardeners should use good cultivation practices to prevent problems.Tomatoes like well-drained, high organic-matter soil with a pH between 6.2 and 6.8. Gardeners should have their soil tested and follow test recommendations to correct any pH problems.Tomatoes frequently experience problems with a condition called “blossom end rot.” This condition turns the bottom of the tomato fruit black. Blossom end rot is caused by a calcium deficiency in the fruit and is made worse when soil conditions fluctuate between wet and dry.Adding dolomitic lime, which raises pH and contains calcium and magnesium, can help prevent the problem. If the garden soil pH is optimal but the calcium is low, apply gypsum at 1 pound per 100 square feet. Foliar applications of calcium can help provide a temporary fix if the problem is not excessive.Placing mulch around tomato plants reduces soil moisture fluctuations and keeps weed pressure down. Layers of newspaper can be placed around plants, and mulch can be added on top to further prevent weeds. Pine straw, bark, leaves or most any type of mulch can be used.Selecting disease-resistant varieties, following soil test results and adding mulch should make this tomato season more productive.For more information on tomato varieties, see University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Bulletin 1271, “Georgia Homegrown Tomatoes,” at extension.uga.edu/publications.last_img read more

CVPS plans purchase of VEC’s southern Vermont territory

first_imgscostel Timothy McQuiston 2 6 2006-07-28T13:25:00Z 2006-07-28T15:57:00Z 2006-07-28T15:57:00Z 1 574 3275 CVPS 27 7 3842 10.2625 1474219382 news releaseSCostel@cvps.com(link sends e-mail) Costello, Stephen 471604707 Print Clean Clean 0 pt 0 pt 0 0 0 pt 0 pt MicrosoftInternetExplorer4st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:”Table Normal”; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:””; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:”Times New Roman”;}July 28, 2006 The purchaseis the second announced by CVPS in recent months.  CVPS announced the purchase of RochesterElectric Light and Power, a privately held, 900-customer company,in April.  That purchase is awaitingregulatory approval, which is expected this summer. Customersaffected by the sale are in Halifax and parts of Andover, Dover, Newfane, Townshend, Wardsboro, Jamaica, Marlboro, Guilford, Vernon, Wardsboro, Wilmington, Windham, Whitingham and Readsboro. When thesale is completed, the former VEC customers will be covered by CVPSs 17 SERVE Standards, which measure everything fromreliability to customer service, and are reported to state regulators.  SERVE stands for Serving Everyone withReliability, Value and Excellence.  Thenew customers will also be eligible for all CVPS programs, including evenmonthly billing, Electripay and CVPS Cow Power”. Thisagreement consolidates service territories and provides CVPS with importantgrowth, President Bob Young said.  Itwill reduce local rates, and strengthens CVPS by providing new revenue and awider base to allocate fixed costs. CVPS plans purchaseof VECs southern Vermont territoryCentral Vermont PublicService will purchase the southern Vermont franchise territory of Vermont Electric Cooperative under an agreement designed to rationalizeservice territories and lower local electric rates. This areais virtually centered between CVPSs Springfield, Brattleboro and Sunderlandoffices, Hallquist said.  It makes more sense for CVPS than VEC toserve it.center_img Under theagreement, which must be approved by the Vermont Public Service Board, CVPSwill acquire VECs southern Vermont assets and the rights to serve 2,770customers, who will on average save about 8.1 percent under CVPS ownership,even after a pending 6.15 percent rate case is complete. CVPS, founded in 1929, is Vermonts largest electric utility, serving about151,000 customers.  More than 100companies have merged into CVPS since its founding. Four of fiveVEC employees in the region are expected to be hired by CVPS.  CVPS plans to maintain the current VECservice office in Wilmington. VEC ChiefExecutive Officer David Hallquist said the sale madesense for the co-op, as it would provide significant cash, while divesting aservice area far removed from most of VECsterritory, which is primarily in northern Vermont.  CVPSwill pay approximately $4 million for VECs southern Vermont assets and territory. Forward-Looking StatementsStatements contained in this report that are not historical fact areforward-looking statements intended to qualify for the safe-harbors from theliability established by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of1995.  Statements made that are not historical facts are forward-lookingand, accordingly, involve estimates, assumptions, risks and uncertainties thatcould cause actual results or outcomes to differ materially from thoseexpressed in the forward-looking statements.  Actual results will depend,among other things, upon the actions of regulators, performance of the VermontYankee nuclear power plant, effects of and changes in weather and economicconditions, volatility in wholesale electric markets and our ability tomaintain our current credit ratings.  These and other risk factors aredetailed in CV’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings.  CV cannot predictthe outcome of any of these matters; accordingly, there can be no assurancethat such indicated results will be realized. Readers are cautioned not toplace undue reliance on these forward-looking statements that speak only as ofthe date of this press release.  CV does not undertake any obligation topublicly release any revision to these forward-looking statements to reflectevents or circumstances after the date of this press release.last_img read more

North-Link Construction to Begin

first_imgNorthern Enterprises is pleased to announce the commencement of the North-Link network on Friday, May 4th, 1:45 pm at the Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital. Senator Patrick Leahy and other dignitaries will be on hand to formally launch construction of this fiber optic high-speed network. The fiber optic system will serve as a backbone for broadband access throughout the Northeast Kingdom where major areas have been sidelined from high speed internet access. North-Link is a $ 10 million fiber optic network designed by Northern Enterprises, in cooperation with the Economic Development Council of Northern Vermont, that encompasses eight Vermont Counties, three States and two countries. The network is a public-private partnership with financial backing coming from the federal government, local businesses and communities.last_img read more

CO2 allowance auction set for September 25

first_imgGovernor says first RGGI auction date is set for Sept. 25CO2 allowance auctions will help drive innovation, produce cleaner energyMONTPELIER – Governor Jim Douglas has announced that Vermont and the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative have released preliminary guidelines for the nation’s first-ever carbon credit auction on Sept. 25.The guidelines outline requirements and preparations bidders must follow to be ready to purchase their share of nearly 12.5 million carbon emission allowances at the first auction.”The stage is set for Vermont and nine other states to take unprecedented action and lead the nation on a path of economic and environmental security through reduced use of fossil fuels like oil,” Douglas said. “This is an important milestone as Vermonters struggle under the burden of the federal government’s failure to lead on fundamental energy and environmental issues.”The Sept. 25 auction is expected to include allowances from Vermont, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland and Rhode Island. Other RGGI states will offer allowances for sale in future auctions as they complete their necessary rule-making procedures.RGGI is the first program in the country to cap and then reduce CO2 emissions from power plants. Participating states have agreed to stabilize CO2 emissions from 2009 to 2014, and then gradually reduce emissions beginning in 2015. Emissions from the power sector for RGGI states totals about 7 percent of the U.S. power sector emissions, according to the U.S. Energy Information Agency.The market-based mandatory program will cost-effectively reduce the pollution that is causing global warming while investing in efficient technology, Douglas said. “The result for Vermonters is the potential for new green jobs and cleaner energy.”The materials released today, online at www.rggi.org(link is external), provide a preview of auction applications and procedures for bidders participating in the first of two early auctions to be held this year.###last_img read more