Energy

Through our Energy Program, we work with farmers to understand and reduce on-farm energy use and implement and evaluate efficient and renewable energy solutions.

The goal of Practical Farmers’ energy work is to help all types of farmers reduce their farm energy use. This begins with understanding current use, then implementing and measuring the impact of practical changes to equipment, infrastructure, inputs and management decisions. Energy projects can focus on increasing the efficiency of a specific aspect of the farm system, or can evaluate the whole farm. The energy work at Practical Farmers is shared with members and the public through research reports, field days, farmer profiles and case studies, conference sessions, the Practical Farmers blog and our quarterly newsletter, The Practical Farmer.

Farm Metered Energy Analyses

How much are farmers spending on energy? What is their total energy use and its effect on carbon dioxide emissions? What difference do energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements make? PFI farmers are finding out as part of this project.

Bioenergy diversity from sustainable systems and crops

Which cropping system is best for producing biofuels: corn-on-corn, or a three-year rotation? PFI and its partners at Dordt College and Iowa State University are investigating these questions.