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Small Farm Energy Primer Online

Solar collectors, wind generators, ethanol stills, organic farming, and energy conservation. Saving money on energy has been a hot topic among farmers. In 1980, we published the Small Farm Energy Primer to display farm-built energy-saving ideas and conservation strategies.

While energy-saving innovations languished through the 1990s, high energy prices have renewed interest in ways to conserve energy or produce it on the farm.

New Farmers’ Guide to Wind Energy

Farmers’ Legal Action Group, Inc. (FLAG) has published the Farmers’ Guide to Wind Energy: Legal Issues in Farming the Wind. The guide contains important legal information for farmers interested in a range of wind energy developments, whether leasing land to a third-party developer, installing a small wind turbine for on-farm energy needs, or developing a large farmer-owned wind project for profit.

New Speakers Bureau at the Center

As you’re planning your upcoming meetings and/or conferences, remember the Center for Rural Affairs for keynote speakers and presenters.

The Center for Rural Affairs is a nationally recognized research, advocacy and rural development organization that promotes family farming and ranching, small business, and entrepreneurial development.

Development Matters

A new fiscal year is upon us. Before we discuss this year’s annual campaign, however, consider how far we have come in recent years. Your generosity has truly made a difference, providing a 30 percent increase, in just two years, in the money that funds our most timely, crucial, cutting-edge, and controversial work.

New Employee for the MarketPlace

We’re very happy to welcome Joy Marshall to the Center’s staff. Joy started August 1 and has been hired as a planner to work primarily on organizing the MarketPlace. This conference was so successful last year that we are looking forward to her full-time employment to make this second MarketPlace even better. MarketPlace 2008 is scheduled for February 27, 2008, at the New World Inn in Columbus, Nebraska.

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