Individual presentations from the Renewable Energy session were:
I. Introduction to Renewable Energy on the Farm
Why has farm energy become such a hot topic? This introduction to sustainable farm energy will provide background and a general overview of the rapidly growing interest in energy issues on the farm.
Vern Grubinger, University of Vermont Extension
II. Assessment of Potential On-Farm Renewable Energy Production: A National Overview
Is a wind turbine appropriate for you? What about solar electricity? Learn how to navigate the maze of renewable energy options available to farmers, including the difference between LLCs and cooperatives, the pros and cons of community wind farms, and how to evaluate the best renewable energy resources for your farm.
Roya Stanley, National Renewable Energy Lab, Dept. of Energy
III. USDA Initiatives to Realize America's Quest for Energy Independence
Where is the U.S. heading with renewable energy? What does the President's energy initiative mean for U.S. farmers? This session will discuss joint USDA-DOE efforts and the many USDA programs that are designed to help farmers supply America's domestically produced energy.
Carmela Bailey, CSREES, USDA
IV. Renewable Energy as Rural Development: Lessons from Iowa
Iowa is leading the U.S. in building its own bioeconomy. Hear about the various models of ownership and the local and state-wide economic impacts of this developing bio-industry.
Jill Euken, Iowa State University
This session was part of the national SARE conference A Midwest Homecoming, held August 15-17, 2006 in Oconomowoc, Wisc.
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This material is based upon work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture through the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.