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Renowned animal behaviorist Fred Provenza will lead three-day workshop – Nov. 15-17, in WintersetFor Release: October 27, 2016 Download PDF (83 KB) Fred Provenza WINTERSET, Iowa — Practical Farmers of Iowa has invited renowned rangeland scientist and animal behaviorist Fred Provenza to teach a three-day workshop exploring how behavioral processes link the health of soil, [...]

October 27, 2016 


Energy markets are unstable and energy purchases can make up a large
portion of farm expenditures.
• The energy sources that power the
majority of farm operations are based
on fossil fuels and are some of the
primary emitters of greenhouse gases.
• Practical Farmers members tracked
energy expenditures in order to
establish an energy baseline and
pinpoint “energy hogs.”
Key Findings
• For vegetable farms, electricity to
power cold storage and gasoline for
product transportation are areas of
intensive energy use.
• For crop and livestock farms, diesel
for field operations and LP for grain
drying are areas of intensive energy
• Detailed records are necessary to
establish a solid energy baseline,
enabling farmers to implement energy
conservation measures and/or
alternative energy technologies.

March 1, 2015