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Energy Conservation

energy logoEnergy was added as a natural resource concern by NRCS in late 2010. It is now one of the several natural resource concerns, along with soil, water, air, plants, animals, of NRCS. NRCS considers energy conservation in its conservation planning for the same reason it protects the natural resources on private and public property. Energy from fossil fuel- based sources, which are nonrenewable resources, is the primary energy source for American agriculture. The stewardship or wise use of these nonrenewable resources is an important link in the conservation ethic that underlies the NRCS mission.

Two concerns related to energy have been identified by NRCS as follows:

  • Inefficient Energy Use - Equipment and Facilities
  • Inefficient Energy Use - Farming/Ranching Practices and Field Operations

NRCS goal is to help producers and private land owners reduce the use of fossil fuel-based energy through:

  1. Improving the efficiency of energy use
  2. Conserving energy
  3. Producing renewable energy for on-farm use
  4. Producing biomass energy feedstocks in a sustainable manner

Energy Conservation Series

Greenhouse Energy Audit Video - 15 minute (posted on YouTube) video on energy audits for Greenhouses. Produced by Rutgers for NRCS. NEW

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service through an agreement with Rutgers University is producing a series of fact sheets on energy conservation for various types of agricultural enterprises. The following publications were developed by Rutgers Cooperative Extension, for USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in support of Agreement No. 68-2B29-11-150.

These documents require Adobe Acrobat.

Agricultural Energy Conservation in the United States (416 kb)

Biomass for On-Farm Energy (392 kb)

Conducting Energy Audits (763 kb)

Conserving Energy in Agricultural Lighting  (318 kb)

Conserving Energy in Agricultural Ventilation  (499 kb)

Conserving Energy in Building Envelope Design  (464 kb)

Conserving Energy in Fruit and Vegetable Packing and Storage Facilities  (395 kb)

Conserving Energy in Livestock Operations  (278 kb)

Conserving Energy in Greenhouse Operations  (607 kb)

Renewable Energy in Agricultural Operations (223 kb)

Other Fact Sheets

NRCS and the Forest Service have been working together through the USDA National Agroforestry Center to produce a series of Working Trees brochures.

Working Trees for Energy


United States Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
Other Federal websites
State of New Jersey websites

Other Agency Energy Websites


Photo Gallery - Click on a photo to see a larger version.


Greenhouse Energy Screen


Variable Frequency Drive for Irrigation


Cattle with solar powered pump for watering trough


Solar Powered Wheel Line Mover


Greenhouse Energy Screen and Circulating Fans


Partially Closed Energy Screen


Open Energy Screen



Contact: Dave Lamm, New Jersey NRCS State Engineer  732-537-6071


Last update March 6, 2020