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Tracking the Energy Use on Your Farm - Farm Energy
Find out how to track your energy use on the farm with a simple energy log by using the provided Excel file linked within the PDF.
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Energy Efficient Fans for Swine Production - Farm Energy
Ventilation fans are the driving force behind the exchange of air that is necessary to create a healthy environment for animals and farm employees.
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Managing High-Temperature Grain Dryers for Energy Efficiency - Farm Energy
As grain yields continue to increase, proper design and management of high-temperature grain dryers are important elements of a successful operation.
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Energy Effcient Fans for Poultry Production - Farm Energy
Ventilation fans are the driving force behind the exchange of air that is necessary to create a healthy environment for animals and farm employees.
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Energy Conservation in Corn Nitrogen Fertilization - Farm Energy
Optimum corn yields require nitrogen fertilization in most crop rotations, but the energy consumed during the production of nitrogen fertilizer is considerable. Learn more about maximizing economic, environmental, and energy returns for nitrogen and other fertilizers.
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Sizing Minimum Ventilation to Save Heating Energy in Swine Housing - Farm Energy
Wasted heating energy due to over-ventilation is a costly problem for hog producers. Proper sizing of ventilation and use of variable speed fans can improve energy efficiency.
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Tractor Maintenance to Conserve Energy - Farm Energy
Machinery represents a significant portion of capital costs in farming operations. Learn tips to manage a well-kept fleet of machinery, able to respond to changing field conditions and other seasonal needs.
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Energy Fundamentals for Farm Lighting - Farm Energy
Find basic information about several farm lighting options for security, worker safety, livestock production, and work after dark. Also gives a brief overview of energy efficiency for lighting options.
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Conserve Heat Energy in the Farm Shop - Farm Energy
Proper insulation and a well-designed heating system are important for an energy efficient and comfortable farm shop.
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Estimating Payback for Energy Efficiency - Farm Energy
Just because a new piece of farm equipment is more energy efficient doesn't mean that replacing older equipment is a wise investment. Learn how to calculate simple payback for energy savings. Find out how quickly the returns from reduced energy costs will help the investment reach its break-even point.
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Managing swine ventilation controller settings to save energy - Farm Energy
Ventilation is by far the largest source of heating energy loss in swine facilities. To maintain air quality, it is essential to provide proper minimum ventilation without losing excessive energy from the building. Learn how modern controllers interlock equipment operation to avoid conflicts that waste energy.
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Energy considerations for low-temperature grain drying - Farm Energy
Harvested corn often requires artificial drying to lower moisture content for safe storage. Learn about energy considerations for drying corn with natural-air or low-temperature systems.
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Conserving energy by using localized heating in swine housing - Farm Energy
Using heat lamps, heat mats, and brooders for localized heating can improve energy efficiency in swine housing. Learn about small adjustments and management considerations for implementing localized heating.
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Energy consumption for row crop production - Farm Energy
This publication provides an overview of farm energy use related to corn and soybean production in Iowa. Three areas of row crop production--field operations, fertilizer and pesticide application, and artificial drying--are used to illustrate on-farm energy consumption.
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Energy efficiency for dairy milking equipment - Farm Energy
Dairy farms often use more energy for day-to-day operations than other farmsteads, especially electricity. Scroll compressors, milk precoolers, refrigeration heat recovery, and variable frequency drives can improve energy efficiency during the daily milking routine.
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Farm Energy: Case Studies - Energy consumption during grain drying
A two-year case study at the Iowa State University research and teaching farms near northeast, central, and southwest measured propane and electricity consumption for grain drying during 2013 and 2014. This study is part of the farm energy efficiency series from ISU Farm Energy and the Iowa Energy Center.
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Farm Energy: Case Studies - Techniques to improve tractor energy efficiency and fuel savings
Across Iowa’s farmland, the purchase of diesel fuel for field operations is the greatest single expense for direct energy consumption. In many cases when a tractor is required, helpful strategies are available to manage and reduce fuel consumption.
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Farm Energy: Case Studies - Benchmarking Energy Usage for Swine Producers
Understanding energy consumption in swine facilities can help managers know how much energy is being used and how much should be used. Tools for calculating optimal energy use are included in the publication, as well as tips for what to do if usage is higher than the suggested goals.
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Solar photovoltaic energy for agricultural operations - Farm Energy
The popularity of generating electricity from solar photovoltaic (PV) arrays is growing. Iowa is in the top third of states for harnessing energy from the sun. A combination of new technology, significantly increased production of arrays, and tax incentives have cut the installed cost of solar generation by more than 50 percent in the past several years and greatly changed the economics for those interested in solar. A primary motivating factor for solar installation is to offset electrical consumption and hedge against future costs, but an important secondary factor for some is a desire to "go green", by reducing their fossil fuel consumption.
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Indoor Lighting for Livestock, Poultry and Farm Shop Facilities - Farm Energy
Indoor lighting for farm facilities needs to be safe, efficient, and economical. Get an overview of lighting types suited for livestock, poultry, and farm shop facilities.
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Farm Energy: Case Studies - Tractor fuel consumption at Nashua
A recent case study at the Iowa State University Northeast Research and Demonstration Farm looked at techniques such as shifting to a higher gear and pulling back on the tractor's throttle as a way to reduce fuel consumption on Iowa farms.
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Farm Energy: Case Studies - Tractor fuel consumption at Armstrong
A recent case study at the ISU Southwest Research and Demonstration Farm measured the fuel savings for techniques such as reducing tillage depth and using the 'shift up, throttle back' strategy to improve a tractor's energy efficiency.
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Improving Corn Drying Efficiency - Farm Energy
Get info to help effectively control corn drying energy costs – that in some years can rival costs used to plant and harvest the crop. Content gives basic concepts of heated air and natural air drying -- as well as factors affecting in-field drying.
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Fuel Efficiency Factors for Tractor Selection - Farm Energy
Considering fuel efficiency factors is important when adding new or used tractors to the farm equipment fleet. This publication provides pointers on what you should consider.
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Shift Up and Throttle Back to Save Tractor Fuel | Farm Energy
Shifting up and throttling back can save tractor fuel under certain conditions. This brochure offers tips on how much you'll save and the best times to use the technique.
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Dryeration and combination drying for increased capacity and efficiency - Farm Energy
When harvest requires high-temperature grain drying, dryeration and combination drying can be implemented to increase the drying rate and save fuel.
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Ballasting Tractors for Fuel Efficiency - Farm Energy
Proper ballasting your tractor balance is important, but can be kind of tricky. This brochure offers tips and tricks for success.
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Limiting Field Operations - Farm Energy
Certain field operations are required in modern crop production. But 100 percent fuel savings results when equipment stays parked in the machine shed and a trip across the field is eliminated. Find out how you can start to make a transition to very reduced or no tillage.
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Electric Savings: Understanding Demand and 3-phase Motor Use - Farm Energy
Sometimes simple changes can reduce energy use on the farm. Explore details on demand charges and 3-phase motors.
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How Much Energy is Being Used on Your Farm? - Farm Energy
Discover how Iowa farm energy use compares to other states and how individuals can save energy on the farm. First in a series of publications in the Farm Energy Conservation and Efficiency Initiative.
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Farm Energy: Case Studies - Adding solar electrical generation to a farm with grain drying and electrical heating
This case study explores the possibility of constructing a solar array on a farm. Sizing and construction, system performance, energy generation and cost benefits are primary topics of discussion.
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Iowa Farm Financial Conditions in 2015
This publication examines the financial performance of a group of farm business in 2015. The analysis focuses on: farm income, wealth, financial liquidity, farm size, enterprise mix, financial structure, financial performance and efficiency, and farm program payments.

The study provides a snapshot of Iowa commercial farmers' financial strengths at a time of low crop prices and a new Farm Bill. The data used in the analysis are obtained from the Iowa Farm Business Association (IFBA), an independent farm accounting association managed and controlled by its members.
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Energy in Iowa -- Iowa Environmental Issues Series
Learn about studying energy, fuels we use, renewable energy resources, and environmental and economic connections in this Iowa Environmental Issues publication. Also revisit Iowa’s energy vision, the legislation that is leading the way, and ways you can help Iowa move toward a sustainable energy future.
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Review family farm safety rules -- Safe Farm
Here’s help to review family farm safety rules. Discussion includes the farm environment, designated play areas, identifying hazards on the farm, and how adults can model safe behavior for their children.
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Electrocution hazards on the farm -- Safe Farm
Farm workers can reduce their risks of electrocution by knowing how they can unknowingly come in contact with electricity. This publication focuses on electrical hazards posed by overhead power lines, standby generators, and general operating procedures of electrical systems.
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Manage stress to increase farm safety -- Safe Farm
Farming often is listed as one of the most stressful occupations. This publication will help you recognize things many farmers consider stressful, common symptoms of stress, and effective ways to manage stress.
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Lungs need protection from farm dust -- Safe Farm
Exposure to grain dust, molds, pollen, animal dander, soil dust, welding fumes, and diesel exhaust can lead to serious respiratory problems. Find out how to reduce your risks.
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Know laws about youth farm workers -- Safe Farm
Safer working conditions provided by state and federal child labor laws protect Iowa's youth. Know the laws.
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Match age, abilities to farm chores -- Safe Farm
Here are some general guidelines for adults to use when providing supervision, assigning chores, and teaching about safety in ways that are appropriate for a youth's age and abilities.
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How to respond to farm injuries -- Safe Farm
First response is critical in farm-related injuries. Learn what to do in several different injury scenarios.
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All-Terrain Vehicle Safety: ATV Safety for Farm Work, Recreation -- Safe Farm
Brief discussion of ATV safety concerns, including the need for protective gear, a pre-ride inspection, and proper operation.
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Reduce farm accident risks on roads -- Safe Farm
Learn ways to avoid accidents when transporting farm equipment on public roads.
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Farm Emergency and first aid kits -- Safe Farm
Here are tips on dealing with a medical emergency on the farm, plus detailed items to have in speciality first aid kits.
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Farm Youth Safety: Keep Young Children Safe on Farms -- Safe Farm
Learn how a child's typical developmental milestones affect farm safety.
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2002 Iowa Farm Injury and Fatality Data by County -- Safe Farm
Injuries are listed as serious or not serious. Total injuries and fatalities are listed. This data cannot be compared with data collected during 2000 or earlier because of different reporting systems used.
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2003 Iowa Farm Injury and Fatality Data by County -- Safe Farm
Injuries are listed as serious or not serious. Total injuries and fatalities are listed. This data cannot be compared with data collected during 2000 or earlier because of different reporting systems used.
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1990 Iowa Farm Injury and Fatality Data by County - Safe Farm
Injury and fatality data are listed by hospitalized or not hospitalized, and work or leisure related.
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1991 Iowa Farm Injury and Fatality Data by County - Safe Farm
Injury and fatality data are listed by hospitalized or not hospitalized, and work or leisure related.
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1992 Iowa Farm Injury and Fatality Data by County - Safe Farm
Injury and fatality data are listed by hospitalized or not hospitalized, and work or leisure related.
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1993 Iowa Farm Injury and Fatality Data by County - Safe Farm
Injury and fatality data are listed by hospitalized or not hospitalized, and work or leisure related.
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1994 Iowa Farm Injury and Fatality Data by County - Safe Farm
Injury and fatality data are listed by hospitalized or not hospitalized, and work or leisure related.
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1995 Iowa Farm Injury and Fatality Data by County - Safe Farm
Injury and fatality data are listed by hospitalized or not hospitalized, and work or leisure related.
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1996 Iowa Farm Injury and Fatality Data by County - Safe Farm
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1997 Iowa Farm Injury and Fatality Data by County - Safe Farm
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1998 Iowa Farm Injury and Fatality Data by County -- Safe Farm
Injury and fatality data are listed by hospitalized or not hospitalized, and engaged in production or present during production.
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1999 Iowa Farm Injury and Fatality Data by County -- Safe Farm
Injury and fatality data are listed by hospitalized or not hospitalized, and engaged in production or present during production.
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2000 Iowa Farm Injury and Fatality Data by County -- Safe Farm
Injury and fatality data are listed by hospitalized or not hospitalized, and engaged in production or present during production. Data were under reported in 2000 due to a change in how the data were collected and reported.
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2007 Farm Business Summary -- Northwest Iowa
Information on northwest Iowa farms in 2007. Includes data tables of a comparison by years, assets and liabilities by size of farm (end of year values), expenses by size of farm, summary of cash income and expenses by size of farm, summary of accrual income and expenses by size of farm, overall efficiency factors by size of farm, crop production, livestock production, and a comparison of high and low profit farms.
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2007 Farm Business Summary -- Southwest Iowa
Information on southwest Iowa farms in 2007. Includes data tables of a comparison by years, assets and liabilities by size of farm (end of year values), expenses by size of farm, summary of cash income and expenses by size of farm, summary of accrual income and expenses by size of farm, overall efficiency factors by size of farm, crop production, livestock production, and a comparison of high and low profit farms.
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2007 Farm Business Summary -- North Central Iowa
Information on north central Iowa farms in 2007. Includes data tables of a comparison by years, assets and liabilities by size of farm (end of year values), expenses by size of farm, summary of cash income and expenses by size of farm, summary of accrual income and expenses by size of farm, overall efficiency factors by size of farm, crop production, livestock production, and a comparison of high and low profit farms.
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2007 Farm Business Summary -- South Central Iowa
Information on south central Iowa farms in 2007. Includes data tables of a comparison by years, assets and liabilities by size of farm (end of year values), expenses by size of farm, summary of cash income and expenses by size of farm, summary of accrual income and expenses by size of farm, overall efficiency factors by size of farm, crop production, livestock production, and a comparison of high and low profit farms.
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2007 Farm Business Summary -- Northeast Iowa
Information on northeast Iowa farms in 2007. Includes data tables of a comparison by years, assets and liabilities by size of farm (end of year values), expenses by size of farm, summary of cash income and expenses by size of farm, summary of accrual income and expenses by size of farm, overall efficiency factors by size of farm, crop production, livestock production, and a comparison of high and low profit farms.
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2007 Farm Business Summary -- Southeast Iowa
Information on southeast Iowa farms in 2007. Includes data tables of a comparison by years, assets and liabilities by size of farm (end of year values), expenses by size of farm, summary of cash income and expenses by size of farm, summary of accrual income and expenses by size of farm, overall efficiency factors by size of farm, crop production, livestock production, and a comparison of high and low profit farms.
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Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll: The Role of Farm Families in Local Community Philanthropy
This publication provides a summary of Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll research results on the role of farm families in local community philanthropy.
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Income Trends for Iowa Farms and Farm Families 2003-2015
To better understand how the downturn in the farm economy has impacted Iowa farmers and farm families, this study summarizes current trends in farm income and debt by type of farm operation.
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2014 Farm Bill Analyzer: Data and Methods
The ISU Farm Bill Analyzer is an educational tool to help Iowa corn and soybean farmers make informed decisions regarding the reallocation of base acres and election of a commodity program for the life of the Farm Bill.

Download the ISU Farm Bill Analyzer, an Excel spreadsheet, from the Ag Decision Maker website for analyzing the decision points for corn and soybean producers in the 2014 Farm Bill.
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