Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture

Farm Energy Working Group

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This group supports research, education and implementation of a variety of energy conservation, efficiency and renewable energy practices from on-farm resources to meet the needs of Iowa’s small and mid-sized farms. It was initiated in 2009 as part of a competitive Leopold Center grant to the Center for Energy & Environmental Education at the University of Northern Iowa, which coordinates the group's activities. It is part of the Value Chain Partnerships program.

The goals of the Farm Energy Working Group: wind turbines

  • To facilitate the development and coordinate a state-wide “Farm Energy Working Group”
  • To encourage research, collaboration, implementation, demonstration and outreach for a wide variety of practices to meet the on-farm energy needs of Iowa farms
  • To involve key state organizations, energy practitioners and farmers in these goals

Working group resources

  • go to the working group's website to sign up for their email list or to find out about current meetings and/or online webinars.
  • One Stop Shop to Reduce Farm Energy Use -  This web page has information and links to help farmers see how other Iowa farmers have reduced fossil fuel use on their farms and replaced it with energy efficiency, conservation, and renewable energy from on the farm when possible.  Farmers will also find ideas for funding, utility rebates, energy audit companies and much more. URL:
  • Farmer-to-Farmer Video Conversations - Short videos with farmers who share how they are reducing fossil fuel use on their farms, available on our other videos webpage or YouTube channel ceeeuni1.

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For more information about the group, including grant application forms and farm energy resources, visit the Farm Energy Working Group website at the Center for Energy & Environmental Education.