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