Farm Energy Efficiency


Farm Energy Audits

Farm energy audits have evolved to become a useful tool  that can improve profitability, conserve resources, and guide transition to renewable energy sources. Performing an audit can vary in scope from looking at a single energy expense to evaluating all energy inputs plus water use, etc. Audits can vary in complexity from self-performed to professionally performed audits using computer simulation. All energy audits should include review and analysis of energy records, a walk-through of the farm facilities characterizing equipment and systems, and identify specific energy conservation opportunities.
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Let Native Pollinators Add To Your Farm’s Bottom Line


Why Do It?

Pollination is vital to high–quality and high-quantity crop production. One of every three forkfuls of food we eat comes from crops pollinated by insects. The demand for pollination services is rising at the same time that pollinator abundance and diversity are declining. While native bees may not be able to replace the honey bee (the single most important pollinator species), they can contribute significantly to crop pollination of apples, blackberries, blueberries, cherries, cranberries, pears, plums, squash, tomatoes and watermelons. The pollination services native bees provide are contingent on both landscape and farm practices that influence bee habitat. Integrating practices that support native bee populations makes sense economically for the farms of New Jersey. [Read more…]