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Energy Use on Farms and Ranches
The Department of Energy’s “Energy Savers” web site providers information on agricultural applications of solar energy. Among the ways solar energy can be used are for crop and grain drying, space and water heating, greenhouse heating, remote electricity supply and water pumping.
“Farmers Increasingly Counting on Sunshine for Energy Production.” provides an overview of how some California agriculture producers are integrating solar powered systems into the harvesting of fruit, wine production, and irrigation.
“Solar-Powered Livestock Watering Systems” from the National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service gives an introduction to solar-powered livestock watering systems,
“Biodiesel Can Be Made from Canola Oil.” The Farm & Ranch Guide documents that the North Dakota State University's North Central Research Extension Center in Minot is starting a project to demonstrate that biodiesel made from canola oil works.