You are here


Renewable energy is a hot topic in U.S. agriculture today. Find out how farmers are harnessing (and profiting from) alternative energy sources: wind, sun, water and energy crops.

Find more about:

Solar Energy Use in U.S. Agriculture   pdf   (3.43 MB)

USDA. Office of the Chief Economist.

This April 2011 report from the USDA provides an "overview of solar energy use by farmers and ranchers in the U.S. that identifies trends and future potential."

Thomas Jefferson Agricultural Institute   html

Thomas Jefferson Agricultural Institute.

Crop production guides and budgets are available for amaranth, buckwheat, canola, cowpea, flax, dry bean, mung bean, pearl millet, sesame and sunflower.

Energy Conservation and Renewable Energy   html

USDA. Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education.

Information about the relationship of sustainable agriculture to renewable energy including the symposium, Renewable Energy and Sustainable Agriculture: Exploring the Crossroads.

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy   html

DOE. Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

Renewable energy and energy efficiency programs, news, research, organizations and documents.

National Renewable Energy Laboratory   html

DOE. Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

Researches and develops renewable energy and energy efficiency innovations to address the nation's energy and environmental goals.

Farm Energy Alternatives   html

National Center for Appropriate Technology. ATTRA - National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service.

Includes sections on renewable energy and energy efficiency with publications including Biodiesel: Do-it-yourself Production Basics, Small-Scale Wind Energy on the Farm, Compost Heated Greenhouses, Efficient Agricultural Buildings and Draft Animal Power for Farming. A Directory of Energy Alternatives lists companies and organizations providing renewable energy services.

Renewable and Alternative Fuels   html

DOE. Energy Information Administration.

Data and statistics for renewable energy use and products from the U.S. Department of Energy.

Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy   html

Interstate Renewable Energy Council.

Provides a map-based interface for information about state, local, utility company and selected federal incentives that promote renewable energy.

Harvesting Clean Energy   html

Harvesting Clean Energy Program.

Supports renewable energy technologies with a focus on rural areas in the Northwestern United States. The ASK A PRO service for expert clean-energy advice covers topics for rural and farm businesses.

Energy for Keeps: Electricity from Renewable Energy   html

Energy Education Group.

Mainly geared towards middle school students, this guide provides an excellent overview of energy sources for all ages including related materials for use in a classroom setting. Selections from this book are available in full-text and there are several options for ordering the whole book.