Energy Overview

Sustainable farm energy (Photo credit: Cornell Small Farms Program).

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.

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.

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

United States Department of Agriculture.

Links to policies, programs, research, interactive tools, audio, video and news for energy resources, bioenergy and alternative energy sources.

Purdue University. Cooperative Extension Service.

Many items under the headings BioEnergy/Renewable Energy, Energy Economics, Energy Policy, Wood Fuel and Other Energy.

DOE. Energy Information Administration.

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

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.