Farm Energy Working Group

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


Success Stories

These farmers with small to mid-sized operations want to tell other farmers how they successfully use renewable energy or energy efficiency on their farms. Read on to get ideas that can be replicated or watch the videos farther below.

Wind turbine
High Hopes Gardens
Mark Runquist/Linda Barnes
Melbourne, IA
Solar PV and solar hot water
Radiance Dairy
Francis and Susan Thicke
Fairfield, IA

Wind & Solar on the Farm
Jack Bensink
Pleasantville, IA
(FEWG grant recipient)
Energy Efficiency
Jason Gomes
How to Build an Energy Efficient Season-Extension Bunker (pdf manual)
(FEWG grant recipient)


Corn burning boiler
Pheasant Run Farm
Eric and Ann Franzenburg
Van Horne, IA


Solar Electric
Pardee/Rawitt Farm
(with permission from Practical Farmers of Iowa)


Wood burning boiler
Hoffman Produce
Greg and Denise Hoffman
Waterloo, IA
(FEWG grant recipient)

Farmer-to-Farmer Video Conversations

To help Iowa farmers on small to mid-sized operations see that energy efficiency, conservation and renewable energy opportunities make sense and work, the Farm Energy Working Group produced the following videos. Hear how these Iowa farmers are reducing fossil fuel use on their farms.


Eric & Ann Franzenburg, Pheasant Run Farm,

Van Horne, IA
Corn kernel boiler to heat greenhouses
(Duration:  4 minutes)


John Rodecap, Decorah, IA
No-till corn/bean farm
(Duration:  6 minutes)


Mark Runquist, High Hopes  Gardens, Melbourne, IA
Small Wind
(Duration:  5 minutes)


Tom Frantzen, Frantzen Farms, New Hampton, IA
Energy efficiency (FEWG grant recipient)
(Duration:  5 minutes)