Farm Energy

Recent price increases and volatility in the energy market serve as a reminder of the level of dependence modern farming systems have on fossil energy resources, and have prompted a new wave of analysis and research on farm energy use and efficiency. While the Pacific Northwest has a competitive advantage over most of the world in high quality, inexpensive electrical power and a climate that reduces our need for thermal energy for grain drying, we are largely dependent on imported sources of fuel and fertilizers. In addition, the increase of crops grown for biofuel production has prompted questions about the net energy production of this energy source and the on- and off-farm effects of biofuel production. We are conducting research related to reducing tillage-related fuel expenditures, alternative fertilizers, improved efficiency in the use of fuel and fertilizers, and farm energy assessments.

Featured Farm Energy Publications

  • Advancing Organics Management in Washington State: The Waste to Fuels Technology Partnership 2015-2017 Biennium

    Chen, S., Frear, C., Garcia-Pérez, M., Kruger, C., Ewing, T., Jensen, J., Yorgey, G., Gang, D.R., Amonette, J., Ayiania, M., Berim, A., Botella, L., Carbajal Gamarra, F.M., Cleary, J., Dunsmoor, A., Finch, R.W., Fuchs, M., Haghighi Mood, S., Hall, S.A., Han, Y., Jobson, B.T., Long, R., Ma, J., Mainali, K., Moller, D., Neuenschwander, L., Seker, A., Sjoding, D., Stankovikj, F., Suliman, W., Tanzil, A., Terrell, E., Tran, C-C., Xiong, X., Yu, L. 2018. Compiled and edited by Hills, K., Hall, S.A., Saari, B., Zimmerman, T. Waste 2 Resources, Washington State Department of Ecology Publication No. 18-07-010. Olympia, Washington. 424 pp. June 2018.

  • Organic Farming Footprints

    WSU webpage for the OFoot project, working to provide a scientifically sound yet simple estimation of the carbon and nitrogen sequestration and net greenhouse gas (GHG) balance likely in a given organic cropping system scenario.

  • Agricultural Efficiency – WSU Extension Energy Program webpage

    The WSU Energy Program offers information, education and tools to help reduce energy use in the agriculture sector. Farmers and ranchers use energy directly to operate machinery or equipment and to heat, cool, light and ventilate buildings. They also use energy indirectly through fertilizers and other products that are integral to production or processing.

Additional Farm Energy Publications

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