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Iowa Farm Energy Efficiency Initiative

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Iowa State University Extension and the Iowa Energy Center are creating a new generation of resources to address on-farm energy conservation and efficiency in Iowa.

Iowa State University Extension and the Iowa Energy Center are creating a new generation of resources to address on-farm energy conservation and efficiency in Iowa.


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  • Several factors in both design and management of the high-temperature drying systems affect the ability to save energy. For example, using an increased drying air temperature generally increases energy efficiency however seed and specialty grains often have a maximum drying air temperature limit in order to maintain quality.
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    • 1. FARM ENERGY A NEW GENERATION: Farm Energy Conservation and Efficiency Initiative
    • 2. FARM ENERGY (USDA Census of Agriculture, 2007) PM 2089A
    • 3. FARM ENERGY
      • AUDIT OPPORTUNITIES:
        • Analyze payback period for on-farm improvements
        • Implement farm procedures for energy conservation
        • Purchase energy efficient technology or equipment
        • Replace or upgrade older equipment
      FARM ENERGY AUDIT: identify ways to reduce or modify farm energy consumption and decrease operating costs ULTIMATE GOAL: Improve a farmer’s bottom line by limiting expenses
    • 4. FARM ENERGY
      • FARM ENERGY TOOLS:
        • New publications to address current farm energy topics
        • Slide materials to enhance Farm Energy publication series
        • Surveys to assess program impact and effectiveness
      OBJECTIVE: provide annual webinar training to ISU Extension and Iowa energy partners regarding Farm Energy issues ULTIMATE GOAL: Increase statewide awareness and implementation of farm energy conservation and efficiency practices
    • 5. FARM ENERGY OBJECTIVE: collaborate with energy partners to increase coordination of farm energy efficiency efforts
    • 6.
      • FARM ENERGY PARTNERS:
        • ISU Extension
        • Iowa Farm Bureau Federation
        • Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives
        • Central Iowa Power Cooperative (CIPCO)
        • Iowa Office of Energy Independence
        • USDA, Rural Development
        • Consumers Energy (REC)
        • Alliant Energy
        • MidAmerican Energy
        • Sponsored by the IOWA ENERGY CENTER
      FARM ENERGY PM 2089A
    • 7. Previous energy fact sheets published 30 years ago FARM ENERGY OBJECTIVE: upgrade Extension resources that address energy conservation and efficiency for farmers in Iowa
    • 8. FARM ENERGY Download the new Farm Energy publication series free of charge from Iowa State University Extension PM 2089A
    • 9. www.extension.iastate.edu/store FARM ENERGY Search for “farm energy” PM 2089A
    • 10. FARM ENERGY
      • Upcoming “topics of conservation” include:
          • Lighting
          • Poultry ventilation
          • Nitrogen fertilizer
          • Anaerobic digestion
          • Grain drying and management
          • Engine and tractor maintenance