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"Electricity Use in Modern Agriculture" 
The electric end-uses on farms are unique; therefore it takes a special understanding of farm processes and equipment to see where energy can be saved. This course offers an in-depth overview of the many electric applications in agriculture, including grain drying
and motor use, lighting upgrades, ventilation fan efficiency in animal buildings, water heating, and all major dairy farm loads. Participants increase their understanding of the electricity consumed by each end-use, and learn ways to identify the best candidates for energy improvements.
Examples are provided of load studies on specific farms, and common seasonal demand peaks. Emphasis is placed on the type of agricultural most common in the local geographic region.

Introduction & Opening Comments:
Course expectations & teaching method
Group input on areas of specific need
About your instructors
Overview of Electricity Use In Agriculture:
Electricity consumption data for U.S. agriculture
Major electric end-uses (lighting, ventilation, water heating, crop drying, irrigation, refrigeration)
Energy use issues & equipment commonly found on poultry, swine and dairy farms
Typical producer questions -- rates, demand charges, 3-phase, standby generators & interruptible rates
Seasonal load patterns & peak use periods
Agriculture Lighting Analysis:
Fundamentals of light levels & measurement
Light as a production tool for animal agriculture
Where to look for energy waste
Dry location & wet location lighting upgrades
Available ag lighting products & samples
Fan Ventilation Efficiency:
Understanding fan and ventilation fundamentals
Types of ventilation systems; tunnel ventilation in animal buildings
Typical kWh consumption; dollar savings from changing to efficient fans
Spotting inefficiencies & making improvements
Dairy Farm Electricity Use*:
Major electrical end-uses & kWh use
Refrigeration loads & vacuum pumps
Equipment & procedural changes
How heat reclaimers reduce energy costs
Bulk tank refrigeration units
* These 2 sections can be
shortened to fit local needs
Grain Drying & Motors*:
Types of grain drying systems (high-speed, bin drying setups, etc.)
Seasonal peak use & typical kWh totals
It’s mainly about motors and materials handling
Energy savings potential
Putting It All Together:
Focusing on main areas of improvement
Collecting data on an example farm vs. all farms
Needed contacts with equipment suppliers
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Rural Electricity Resource Council (formerly National Food and Energy Council)
Wilmington, Ohio