Creating Biofuels

Creating Biofuels

Creating Biofuels

Sustainable Production and Use of On-Farm Energy

To generate energy on the farm, there are ongoing improvements in the efficiency of converting energy feedstocks into a fuel or usable energy source. These resources will help you understand the issues, logistical challenges and conversion technologies to find the most suitable systems for your operation and sustainability goals. Products are organized in the following categories:

Biodiesel Production | Anaerobic Digestion | Ethanol Production l Co-Products

Creating Biofuels: Biodiesel Production



This fact sheet series examines biodiesel from oilseed processing, to biodiesel conversion, consumer issues and economics.

Biodiesel 101


Important things to know when considering biodiesel for farm use, from the SARE bulletin Clean Energy Farming.

Biodiesel Safety and Best Management Practices for Small-Scale Noncommercial Use and Production


This publication reviews some of the accepted practices associated with small-scale biodiesel production to make it a safe, environmentally sound practice that generates a quality product.

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Energy Independence: On-Farm Biodiesel Fuel Production


Roger Rainville is ahead of the curve when it comes to reducing costs on his farm near Alburgh, Vt. He’s currently producing biodiesel from canola and sunflower for about $1.70 a gallon.

Biomass Energy Training Curriculum


This curriculum  provides training on biomass energy to extension agents and local officials so that they may deliver this information to their stakeholders. While it is written as a training guide for TN, much of the information is applicable throughout the Southeastern US region.

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Creating Biofuels: Anaerobic Digestion

Small-Scale Biogas Technology


This website has information on technology for turning organic waste into biogas for small-scale, on-farm energy applications.

Anaerobic Digestion Webinar Series


A series of five free webinars with Washington State University researchers and their collaborators sharing findings as they strive to quantify the climate, air, water, nutrient and economic impacts of integrating emerging, next-generation technologies within anaerobic digestion systems on U.S. dairies.

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Creating Biofuels: Ethanol Production

From Fruit to Fuel


Missouri farmer Dan West turns his waste fruit into valuable ethanol.

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Additional Resources

The following resources, which were not funded or produced by SARE, contain valuable information.

Conversion Processes for Biofuel Production (a collection of fact sheets and articles on

Creating Biofuels: Co-Products

Making use of the co-products of bioenergy production allows farmers the opportunity to further lower their carbon footprint and reduce their reliance on imported and non-renewable energy sources.

Feeding Corn Co-Products to Livestock


These two University of Nebraska manuals discuss the use of corn co-products in livestock rations:

Feeding Corn Milling Co-Products to Forage Fed Cattle

Storage Methods for Ethanol Co-Products


This University of Nebraska video series contains information on the storage and utilization of three unique co-product feeds from the ethanol industry.

Additional Resources

The following resources, which were not funded or produced by SARE, contain valuable information.

BiodieselAnaerobic Digestion and Biogas and Biomass Combustion (collections of fact sheets and articles on

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How to order

Availability varies by resource (many are accessible for free online). See individual resources for more information.


Exploring Energy Efficiency and Alternatives

This video provides an introduction to the E3A Energy Efficiencies and Alternatives curriculum, which covers a range of topics in great detail, including anaerobic digestion, biodiesel and farm energy audits.