Getting the Most from Your Energy Dollar...
Using Energy Wisely on the Farm and Ranch
There’s no avoiding this reality in farming: Energy is one of the more expensive components of raising crops and livestock. In fact in 2006, direct energy expenditures in agriculture accounted for 5-7 percent of farm expenditures. An earlier USDA study found that nearly half the cost of production was spent for energy.
Tips for Efficient Tractor and Machinery Operations
Researchers from the USDA Agricultural Research Service have discovered an enzyme which lessens the amount of electricity, natural gas and water expended per unit of grain alcohol produced. The enzyme works by allowing water to be more easily extracted from dried distillers grains with solubles, a grain ethanol precursor. To learn more, read "USDA Scientists Use Commercial Enzyme to Improve Grain Ethanol Production," published September 12, 2011.
Multimedia: Determining Wind Energy Potential
A short video created by Colorado State University Extension, "Is Wind Energy Practical for Me," was released on September 23, 2011. The video presents basic information on how to determine if wind energy potential exists at your site.
"Conserve Heat Energy in the Farm Shop" is a free publication, published in August 2011 by the Iowa State University Extension Service, which provides ideas and solutions for building an energy efficient farm shop building. Recommendations for insulation R-values, window and door placement and supplementary heating are provided.
USDA Tool for Sustainable Grazing
USDA Smells Roses When Examining Methane Biodigester Potential