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Maryland's agricultural community is uniquely positioned as both a significant consumer of energy, greatly impacted by rising costs, and a potential producer of energy, including solar photovolatics, wind (small and large), biofuels, and more.

Click the links below to learn more about each topic:   
  • Farm Energy Basics explores use of various energy sources to perform routine tasks on crop and livestock operations. Learn how to assess the energy use on your farm using an energy log and how to get started with energy conservation measures for your farm. 
  • (Coming SoonFarm Energy Audits explores the systematic review of energy use on farms to help identify inefficient energy use and to discover opportunities to reduce energy consumption. Learn how to save energy and money by examining: 1) if and how energy is being lost; 2) which systems are operating inefficiently; and 3) what type of cost-efficient measures can be implemented to make your farm more energy-efficient.
  • (Coming SoonFarm Energy Economics explores how energy costs can be reduced on your farm after after careful review of utility bills and enacting energy efficient measures. This information will help you understand the charges that you are billed for electricity and natural gas. Learn how to develop an energy management strategy and receive information on the sources of financial assistance available to implement that strategy.
  • Farm Resources connects you to further information related to the farm energy use.

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