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Good news for people interested in solar panels! The U.S. Congress recently extended the 30% Federal tax credit for new solar panel installations through 2019. This credit was originally set be reduced to 10% after 2016. As of now, the Iowa Solar Energy System Tax Credit, (50% of the Federal tax credit, or an additional […]

December 31, 2015 


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 


Solar-powered potential: Practical Farmers of Iowa field day explores ways to harness solar energy on the farm June 23, near Kanawha For Release: June 11, 2013 Download PDF (140 KB) View Fullscreen

June 11, 2013