Discover how Iowa farm energy use compares to other states and how individuals can save energy on the farm. First in a series of publications in the Farm Energy Conservation and Efficiency Initiative. Electric co-op participation in an initiative to help farmers analyze their energy use is producing results.

This week, Iowa State University Extension announced that a new publication, Farm Energy: How Much Energy Is Being Used on Your Farm?, is available to download from the Extension Online Store. The publication offers initial steps that help farmers analyze their farm energy use.

“It helps to think about how energy is being used,” said Jane Flammang, ISU Extension program coordinator for the new statewide Farm Energy Conservation and Efficiency educational initiative. “You have to consider the crops that are grown, the types of livestock – every enterprise on your farm to really get a handle on your energy use.”

The publication is part of a series of farm energy conservation and efficiency educational materials being developed through the Farm Energy Conservation and Efficiency educational initiative. Electric co-op participants in the initiative include Central Iowa Power Cooperative, Consumers Energy and the Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives. Other participants include the Iowa Energy Center, Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, Alliant Energy, MidAmerican Energy, Iowa Office of Energy Independence and the USDA. Funding is provided by an Iowa Energy Center grant.

For more information, go to www.extension.iastate.edu/store, and go to environment – energy.

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