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Farm Energy Working Group (PowerPoint)

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Farm Energy Workin Agricultural Outlook Forum Presented: February 24-25, 2011 U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Energy Working Group Carole Yates Presenter Presentation Notes Thank you to Kevin Barnes and the Ag Outlook Forum for inviting me let you know about Iowa’s Farm Energy working Group and our efforts to help farmers reduce their farm energy use and replace the use of fossil fuels through energy conservation, efficiency and renewable energy from on the farm when possible. This group started two years ago through the innovative thinking of the director of the Center for Energy & Environmental Education where I work at the University of Northern Iowa and the associate director of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture. They knew how important energy efficiency was for Iowa’s small to mid-sized farm and they realized that those farmers were not receiving much information about how to reduce their energy use. They developed the Farm Energy Working Group. Providing energy efficiency, renewable energy opportunities for Iowa’s small/mid-sized farming operations National Center for Appropriate Technology Presenter Presentation Notes Our goal is to provide energy efficiency and renewable energy opportunities for Iowa’s small to mid-sized farming operations. According to the USDA, a small farm has sales of less than $250,000. We started w/ 2-year grant of $40,000 each year, from Leopold Center and I was hired as coordinator. We recently received a competitive grant for another 2 years of funding – about $80,000. In Iowa we don’t have a full-fledged farm energy services through the state or through utilities. So the question was how can you start the conversation on reducing on-farm energy use? We’re looking for practical farm-scale things that farmers can do -- not large scale ethanol operations. Those are the logos of our sponsor and partners - I work close

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