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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.

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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."

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

DOE. Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

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


United States Department of Agriculture.

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

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

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


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.

Farm Energy Alternatives

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

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

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

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

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.

Clean Energy

Union of Concerned Scientists.

Information about renewable energy and agriculture including fact sheets, Renewable Energy and Agriculture: A Natural Fit and Clean Energy Blueprint Benefits Farmers and Rural Economies.

Purdue Extension Publications: Energy

Purdue University. Cooperative Extension Service.

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

Energy Conservation and Renewable Energy

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.