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Energy Conservation and On-Farm Energy Production

NRCS will work to support the sustainable production of renewable energy sources on Wisconsin farms, and will encourage farmers to conserve fuel and reduce green house gases.  In partnership with the private sector and other organizations, NRCS will develop technical  tools and training to evaluate and reduce agricultural energy consumption, help producers adapt plants and practices for better energy efficiency, encourage on-farm energy production and on-farm energy conservation.  More information on the national NRCS role and strategic goals for energy-related issues can be found in the NRCS Strategic Plan, Productive Lands, Healthy Environment

 In Wisconsin, NRCS has identifed six objectives, focusing on energy conservation in agriculture and on-farm energy production.
 Wisconsin NRCS Energy Objectives


NRCS Standards and Practices to Save Energy

Energy Conservation in Confined Animal Operations  New! Feature article  
Prescribed Grazing Systems Feature article Practice Standard (528)
Windbreaks/Shelterbelts Feature article  Practice Standard 380
Integrated Pest Management Feature article Practice Standard 595
Precision Agriculture Feature article  
Irrigation Water Management Feature article Practice Standard 449
Nutrient Management Feature article Practice Standard 590
Crop Residue Management No-Till Feature article Practice Standard 329


Energy Estimators

Use these quick estimators to see how much energy you can save by using simple recommended conservation practices.  Estimators for:

Key Wisconsin Partners

  • Resource Conservation and Development Councils of Wisconsin (RC&D)  Wisconsin has seven RC&D areas, covering all Wisconsin counties. RC&D works as a catalyst to create new opportunities, link people together, and promote economic develop through sound use of natural resources.  Wisconsin RC&Ds are working on all bio-energy fronts, including wind power, bio-mass, bio-fuels, and methane.
  • Wisconsin Office of Energy Independence   serves as a single-point of contact for citizens, businesses, local units of government and non-governmental organizations pursuing bio-development, energy efficiency, and energy independence. The office will also identify federal funding opportunities and serve as the State Energy Office, working to maintain federal designation and funding.
  • Focus on Energy   works with eligible Wisconsin residents and businesses to install cost effective energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. focus information, resources and financial incentives help to implement projects that otherwise would not get completed, or to complete projects sooner than scheduled. Its efforts help Wisconsin residents and businesses manage rising energy costs, promote in-state economic development, protect our environment and control the state's growing demand for electricity and natural gas.
  • Wisconsin Farmers Union Carbon Credit Program  Wisconsin is approved to participate in Farmers Union's Carbon Credit Program, which allows agricultural producers and landowners to earn income by storing carbon in their soil through no-till crop production and long-term grass seeding practices. Those who adopt land management practices that reduce or offset carbon emissions can get paid for their efforts, creating a "win-win" for all involved.
  • AgraGate is the aggregator for the Wisconsin Farm Bureau carbon credit program.


Publications on Energy

Renewable Energy and Bio-economy Dictionary