Energy Overview

Sustainable farm energy (Photo credit: Cornell Small Farms Program).
Renewable energy is a popular topic in U.S. agriculture today. Find out how farmers are harnessing (and profiting from) alternative energy sources: wind, sun, water, and energy crops.

United States Department of Agriculture.

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


The "eXtension Farm Energy website provides fact sheets, research summaries, case studies, decision tools, worksheets, and many other resources to help farmers get started on a range of practices." Topics include anaerobic digestion and biogas, biodiesel, biomass combustion, conversion processes, efficiency and conversion, feedstocks and energy crops, sustainability, solar energy and wind power.

USDA. Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education.

Information about the relationship of sustainable agriculture to renewable energy including the curriculum, On Farm Energy Production series.

Agricultural Marketing Resource Center.

Provides a topical overview of renewable energy options in agriculture, industry analyses, data, and links to news, publications, online resources, and case studies.

Interstate Renewable Energy Council.

Provides a map-based search interface. Find information about state, local, utility company, and select federal policies incentives that promote renewable energy.

Search programs for "farm", "agriculture", or "agricultural" to find additional opportunities. 

Purdue University. Cooperative Extension Service.

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

DOE. Energy Information Administration.

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

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.