Powering Michigan Agriculture with Renewable Energy

An extension educator says farmers should take advantage of opportunities to reduce energy consumption and cut energy costs. Charles Gould with Michigan State University Extension tells Brownfield farming operations use an extraordinary amount of energy.  “A USDA report says that as much as 34 percent of a farm’s total costs are energy related.”  He says energy… Read more »

Energy audits, step one to energy savings

An extension educator says farm energy audits are the gateway to implementing renewable energy projects on the farm. Charles Gould with Michigan State University Extension tells Brownfield Michigan State University trains energy auditors that are specialized to the farmer’s operation.  “An auditor that’s trained to do dairy farm audits will not be qualified to do… Read more »

EPA says Clean Power Plan will create jobs

The EPA says the administration’s Clean Power Plan will create jobs and save money by reducing emissions and increasing the use of renewable energies such as solar and wind, “The final plan gives states additional time to plan and also lets states decide their own emissions reductions trajectory. These are changes that we made in… Read more »

Missouri PSC denies Grain Belt Express

The Missouri Farm Bureau says it is pleased the state Public Service Commission has denied a request for a transmission line to be built across northern Missouri. Clean Line Energy Partners, based in Houston, had sought the permit for transmitting wind energy from farms between Dodge City, Kansas and Sullivan, Indiana.  More than 500 Missouri… Read more »

MO Farm Bureau against wind energy line

The Missouri Farm Bureau has submitted written testimony to the Missouri Public Service Commission (PSC) – opposing a proposed wind-energy generated electric transmission line. The proposed Grain Belt Express Clean Line would stretch from Kansas – eastward. Missouri Farm Bureau President Blake Hurst tells Brownfield the line would cut clear across north Missouri, “I tell… Read more »

Wind energy transmission line hearing in Missouri

A wind energy company has proposed a 750-mile overhead transmission line to deliver wind energy to 14 states including Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio. A hearing this week by the Missouri Public Service Commission let opponents and supporters of the Grain Belt Express speak out about the line in Missouri. The line would start with… Read more »

Nebraska’s wind industry is growing

The seventh annual Nebraska Wind and Solar Conference will take place October 29th and 30th in LaVista. John Hansen, conference co-chair and president of Nebraska Farmers Union, says it’s an exciting time for supporters of wind energy development in Nebraska. “We are in the middle of the largest three-year development and deployment of wind energy… Read more »

Implications of carbon reduction plan for Nebraska ag

The EPA’s proposal to reduce carbon emissions from existing U.S. power plants by 30 percent by 2030 has both short-term and long-term implications for Nebraska agriculture. So says Nebraska Extension water and ag law specialist Dave Aiken. “In the short term, we’ve got to watch what happens with natural gas. If more of that goes… Read more »

Iowa pork producer strives to be a good neighbor

Being a good neighbor is very important to pork producer Jason Russell of Monticello, Iowa.  One way to do that, Russell says, is to demonstrate a strong commitment to the environment.  “We just want to kind of shine a positive light on the pork industry,” Russell says. “There are so many things a person can… Read more »

Environmental award winner strives to be a good neighbor

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Being a good neighbor is important to pork producer Jason Russell of Monticello, Iowa.  One way to do that, Russell says, is to demonstrate a strong commitment to the environment.  “We just want to kind of shine a positive light on the pork industry,” Russell says. “There are so many things a person can do that… Read more »