Farm Energy Workshops
Farm Energy is Unique.
The special requirements of agricultural production and farm professionals make agriculture a unique opportunity for realizing energy efficiency. Because of this,Penn State regularly holds Farm Energy Efficiency workshops to train energy professionals and farm technologists how to effectively analyze and identify practical and economical energy savings measures for farms.
These one-day events provide instruction in the fundamentals of farm energy assessment, including analyzing current energy use patterns, understanding energy-using equipment on the farm, and determining effective ways to reduce energy use.
Presenters typically include a mix of engineers, energy specialists, and farm professionals from Penn State Cooperative Extension's Energy Efficiency Program Team. The workshops also include a site visit to a nearby farm, where participants put their new skills to use by carrying out a hands-on energy assessment of a commercial agricultural operation.
(from the Penn State Renewable and Alternative Energy Update, July 2009)