On-Farm Smart Energy Buying and Use
This is part of the Farm Energy IQ Curriculum Series. With the understanding of deregulated energy markets and having an option to buy energy at less expensive times of the day, how can you change your habits to take advantage?
On-Farm Energy Efficiency
This curriculum module covers the fundamentals of energy systems. Basic thermodynamics, heat transfer, energy conversion processes and discussion of energy efficiency and specific applications on farms are addressed.
On-Farm Energy Production – Biofuels
The On Farm Energy Production Curriculum Series provides basic understanding of feedstock production, biodiesel, biogas, and wood and gas pellets.
On-Farm Energy Production – Solar
This solar electricity and solar thermal module provides a basic understanding and how to calculate a simple payback term for the installation of different size systems. Learn about programs that may be available to subsidize your investment.
On-Farm Energy Production – Wind
Is wind energy a viable option for your home or business to lower reliance on the grid supplied electricity? In this module, learn how to gauge your the wind resource where you live and calculate the likely annual electricity production.
Reading the Farm
Farm educators often have in-depth knowledge of certain components of agriculture, but have few opportunities to see how these components work together to influence sustainability. Reading the Farm brings together educators and experts who share knowledge in the context of working, real-world farms.
So you want to raise beef cattle
Options to consider, setting goals, and thinking ahead.
Organic parasite control
Signs of parasites, prevention, National Organic Program standards, and more.
Consumer attitudes and purchasing decisions
Covers consumer trends and concerns.
Adapt-N Training Manual
Adapt-N is an online tool that helps precisely manage nitrogen (N) inputs for grain, silage, and sweet corn production. It can provide automatic daily updates of each field’s N status and recommendations, based on real-time weather influences, and can be used with any device with internet access.
Feeding cattle for quality beef
Feeding, weight gain, common nutritional limitations, and more.
A cooperative is both a type of business and an attitude.
Harvesting cattle to produce quality beef
Pricing, quality at harvest, issues with dark cutters, influence of cattle age, and more.
Wilson Beef Farms
Wilson Beef Farms in Canaseraga, New York is a dedicated processing operation in upstate New York.
Pricing the beef carcass
Smart pricing, hidden costs, keeping up with changes in the market, and more.
The Owner-Built Savonius Rotor
Investing in commercially available renewable-energy devices usually requires large capital investments and long payback periods. This farmer has explored a low-cost alternative.
Marbling, maturity, nutrition, and the distribution of quality grading in the U.S.
Sires for grass-fed beef production
Criteria for genetic selection, the importance of grass quality, breeds, benchmarks, and more.
Understanding beef labels
Labeling basics, labeling requirements, applying for labels, labeling examples, and more.
Selection for meat quality
Planning for a specific market, choosing replacement heifers, genetics, crossbreeding, and more.