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USDA-NRCS Strategies to Address On-farm Energy Conservation

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  2021 ASABE Annual International Virtual Meeting  2100641.(doi:10.13031/aim.202100641)
Authors:   Terri Ruch, PE
Keywords:   Audit, building envelope, CPS, ECO, efficiency, energy, EQIP, equipment, farmstead, lighting, TSP.

Abstract. The mission of United States Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service is to deliver conservation solutions so agricultural producers can protect natural resources and feed a growing world. NRCS does this by evaluating site specific problems and developing a plan to solve them. NRCS provides voluntary technical and financial assistance to implement solutions in the form of NRCS conservation practices and activities. The agricultural industry is a major user of energy that costs both time and money. NRCS assists farmers to reduce on-farm energy use by planning and installing measures that mitigate inefficient energy use of stationary equipment and facilities, or with changes in the operation of mobile field equipment. NRCS utilizes three primary strategies to address energy conservation and to deliver conservation benefits to its customers. The strategies include using NRCS products and services including on-farm energy audits, NRCS energy related conservation practices, and the Technical Service Provider program.

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