Farm Energy Working Group

Promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy practices to meet the needs of Iowa's small to mid-sized farm operations

UNI's Center for Energy & Environmental Education facilitates the development and coordination of a state-wide “Farm Energy Working Group." The Working Group consists of key state organizations, energy practitioners, and farmers throughout the state. Participants exchange insights, learn from one another’s expertise, network, support implementation of efficiency and renewable energy on Iowa farms, and learn from existing examples in Iowa and around the nation.

We meet 3-4 times per year. Meetings are open to anyone interested in reducing energy use and/or exploring alternative energy use for small to mid-size farms in Iowa. Meetings consist of presentations by leading practitioners to share their insights and expertise on specific topics such as small wind turbines for farm use, solar hot water for farm, efficient agricultural buildings, solar-powered livestock watering systems, farm energy audits, bio-gas systems, farm energy calculators, and more.

The group offers small seed grants to assist with energy efficiency and alternative energy implementation on the farm and provides free webinars throughout the year. Join our email list to keep up-to-date on meeting and webinar dates and times.

Specialty crop grant applications available

Applications are being accepted until May 2, 2014, for USDA grants up to $24,000 to support projects that enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops grown in Iowa. Projects can have a duration of up to 30 months. Eligible crops are fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits and horticulture and nursery crops, including floriculture. Fresh and processed specialty crops are eligible. Applications are made to the Iowa  Department of Agriculture and Land stewardship. The web site includes the grant application information and a new form that offers suggestions for writing an application.


Farm Energy Working Group webinar - FREE
Iowa's Solar Energy Potential - The Basics
Presenter: Bill Haman, Iowa Energy Center

December 18, Wednesday

The presentation explores the potential for solar energy technology to contribute to the national and Iowa energy generation portfolios.  The solar resources will be described as well as the engineering basics for solar photovoltaic technology.  Technical and economic comparisons will be given to provide the audience with the necessary information for an understanding of how the technology can play a role in our energy generation systems.


"One Stop Shop" featured in Leopold Center newsletter
Check out the Farm Energy Working Group's One Stop Shop and read more in the Leopold Center's fall newsletter.