July 30th, 2012
July 10th, 2012
November 7th, 2011
Saving energy on farm is one of the top five priorities of PFI farmers. These farmers believe that their near-term financial viability is closely tied to their ability to reduce energy costs. Yet they tend to have complex farming systems and often do not understand their energy use, costs, and environmental impact, or the areas where they can best reduce those impacts. Through research, demonstration, and outreach, Practical Farmers of Iowa is helping encourage and document the energy efficiency and renewable energy projects of these farmers and more:
Harn Soper and consultant Rich Schuler are designing, building and monitoring a prototype biogas generator for the Soper Farm in Emmetsburg.
James Frantzen has refurbished and insulated his farrowing house and machine shed near Elma.
Mark Runquist and Linda Barnes generate electricity using a wind turbine at their Melborne-area High Hopes Gardens.
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.
Research & Demonstration