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Back to News Release ArchiveMarch 30, 2012
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – To further help Iowa farmers on small to mid-sized operations learn ways to reduce their reliance on fossil fuel use, the Iowa Farm Energy Working Group produced three videos of farmers telling how they use energy efficiency, conservation, or renewable energy successfully on their farms.
“Farmers tell us that to adopt something new they want to see the idea in action and be sure it will work. What better way than to have their neighbors, other farmers, show and tell them about practices to reduce fossil fuel use and save money,” said Carole Yates, working group facilitator. The working group is funded by the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture and facilitated through the Center for Energy & Environmental Education at the University of Northern Iowa.
“We wanted to make reducing energy use visible as well as making the Leopold Center’s farm energy work more notable to a broader audience,” Yates explained of the project that is one part of the working group’s mission.
Farmers were interviewed about how they reduced energy use and video of the farm energy innovations was shot to produce three short videos, each about four minutes in length. The videos are part of a larger project to be released later this year telling farmers about funding options for energy efficiency/renewable energy projects and how to get a farm energy audit to learn other ways to reduce energy use on the farm.
Videos to date include:
To read these farmer success stories and also view the videos, visit www.ceee.uni.edu/farmenergy.aspx.
Carole Yates, UNI Center for Energy and Environmental Education, firstname.lastname@example.org, (319) 273-7599
Laura Miller, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, email@example.com, (515) 294-5272
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