Farm Energy IQ Training Launched

Posted: April 23, 2015

Farm Energy Training Modules Posted Online, Videos Soon to be Available

The Penn State Extension, On Farm Renewable Energy team is happy to announce that their Farm Energy IQ training program was successfully launched with three day seminars held in Vermont, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.

Designed as a "Train the Trainer" curriculum, the Farm Energy IQ (FEIQ) project developed 16 training modules that teach efficient energy use practices by type of farm operation. So if you work with arms that operate a dairy or grow vegetables for sale at farm markets there is an individual training module that addresses your specific needs. Topics also include renewable energy technologies like solar, wind and biogas, as well as buying energy in deregulated markets.

The project, funded by a grant through Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program, consists of a team of experts from Penn State Extension, Rutgers University, in New Jersey and the University of Vermont. The curriculum is very well suited for the Northeast region because of the broad range of inputs from regional experts. Each module follows a well-designed format meant to instill a level of competence on the particular subject. Module's include, scripted slide presentations, a case studies, fact sheets and an applied exercise. The combination of training, support, and application bring each module to life in a participant's real world scenario. &

FEIQ is led in Westmoreland County by Renewable Energy Educator Ed Johnstonbaugh, who assumed the role of principal investigator, having recognized the need forf a far reaching, multi topic, homogenous training resource. He worked to outline the need, assemble the regional team of experts, and kept the project on tack over the 16 months of development. Others who played indispensable roles in the project include Daniel Ciolkosz, agriculture engineering researcher at University Park and Gary Musgrave a renewable energy intern in Greensburg, PA. Other member include Tara Baugher and Greg Roth from Penn State, Tom Manning, Zane Helsel and A. J. Both from Rutgers along with Sue Hawkins, and Kris Callahan from the University of Vermont. The entire curriculum package was skillfully edited and assembled by team member Jeannie Sikora who provided these services under subcontract to the grant.

If you missed the chance to participate in one of the three day seminars, don't panic. The sessions have been recorded on video, and will soon be posted online.

To learn about future opportunities or visit the On Farm Renewable Energy team's extension website.  Also plan to attend the farm energy event in the Learning Center building during Ag Progress Days this summer. You can see the entire curriculum and learn more about FEIQ by visiting the project website.

Contact Information

  • Educator, Energy Savings and Renewables
Phone: 724-837-1402