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Energy

The USDA will continue to support conservation practices that save producers money and improve the environmental health of the nation.

As we become more informed and focused on the need to conserve, and use energy in a more productive way, see just a few of the techniques and practices NRCS customers and partners are using. Read the Energy Success Stories.

Energy Savings: It all adds up!

  • Producers with animal feeding operations can save up to 250 million annually nationwide by regularly maintaining their ventilation and heating systems and using more energy-efficient fixtures and equipment for animal housing.
  • Converting irrigation systems from medium or high pressure to low pressure could cut energy costs by up to $100 million annually.
  • Improving water efficiency by just 10 percent could reduce diesel consumption by 27 million gallons and save farmers and ranchers $55 million annually.
  • Doubling the amount of no-till acreage (from 62 million acres to 124 million acres) could save farmers and ranchers an additional 217 million gallons of diesel fuel per year, valued at about $500 million annually.
  • Doubling the application of manure-based nitrogen to replace fertilizer produced from natural gas could save $825 million and 100 billion of cubic feet of natural gas annually.
  • Reducing application overlap on 250 million acres of cropland could save up to $825 million in fertilizer and pesticide costs annually.

For more information on energy, please visit the NRCS national site by clicking here.