The heavy use of fossil-based fuels and fertilizers in the U.S. food system lies at the heart of many of our environmental, health, and national security problems. Sustainable agriculture and sustainable energy are really two sides of the same coin.
The publications, success stories, and links within these pages explain how to make farm buildings more energy efficient, use the sun's energy to heat greenhouses and pump water, choose and put up wind turbines, make and use biofuels, and much more.
All About Farm Energy Audits
Returns on Renewable Energy Investments
Rural Energy for America Program (REAP): Financing for Clean Energy in Rural Montana
Potential Bioenergy Production via Thermochemical Conversion
Farm-Scale Biodiesel Production: Taxes & Financial Incentives
Onion Power: Potential Production of Biofuels from Onions and other Vegetables
DIY Biodiesel: Keeping It Safe, Keeping It Legal
Getting Started in Farm-Scale Biodiesel Production
Farm Energy Links
Handbooks, Guides, and Tools
A Farm Energy Field Guide from Maine Rural Partners
A diverse collection of publications, templates, sample audit reports, and other training materials. Includes many energy efficiency and renewable energy topics: lighting, dairies, buildings, cooling, fuel usage, greenhouses, irrigation, motors, storage, ventilation, water heating, biofuels, biomass, solar, wind, and funding opportunities.
NRCS Energy Tools
Includes energy estimator calculators for animal housing, irrigation, nitrogen, and tillage.
The Farmer's Handbook for Energy Self-Reliance
The following guide created by the Institute for Energy and the Environment at Vermont Law School is a tool to help farmers increase energy self-reliance and profitability.
ATTRA's Directory of Energy Alternatives
A directory of energy-related businesses, agencies, and non-profit organizations serving agriculture and rural people. Farm Bill 2014 Title IX: Energy
Outlines the new developments and grants related to renewable energy in the 2014 Farm Bill.
25x'25: America's Energy Future
News updates, economic analysis, position papers, calendar of events, and other resources from a broad-based coalition whose vision is that "By 2025, America's farms, forests and ranches will provide 25 percent of the total energy consumed in the United States, while continuing to produce safe, abundant, and affordable food, feed and fiber.
Environmental Law & Policy Center: Developing Clean Energy
Clean energy resources for the Midwest region.
Midwest Rural Energy Council FE
Information about energy efficiency and energy generation for rural energy users. National Agricultural Law Center ~ Renewable Energy
A website containing information specific to agriculture and energy, including articles, major statutes and regulations, case law, publications, materials from many government agencies and additional resources that will prove beneficial to attorneys, researchers, farmers, and others involved in the renewable energy field.
Articles and Fact Sheets
Clean Energy Farming: Cutting Costs, Improving Efficiencies, Harnessing Renewables
Innovative SARE-funded research and examples of farmers who are improving energy efficiency while saving money, implementing farming practices that both save energy and protect natural resources, and producing and using renewable fuels.
Energy and Agriculture: Making it Work
Article summarizing a presentation at Iowa State University by Hunter Lovins about on-farm efficiency. Includes a link to Lovins' paper entitled, "Energy and Sustainable Agriculture".
EnergyAg Newsbriefs Monthly Listserv
The WSU Energy Program hosts a monthly listserv that highlights agricultural news, events and resources, providing technical assistance and project management.
Renewable Energy and Agriculture
Includes downloadable fact sheets on renewable energy topics specifically related to agriculture. Environmental and Energy Studies Institute
Publications, news updates, policy initiatives, and Congressional briefings, and Sustainable Bioenergy, Farms, and Forests (SBFF) newsletter.
Links and References
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This page was last updated on: August 3, 2018