Farm Energy Reduction Topic of Iowa Learning Farms Webinar

AMES, Iowa — The Iowa Learning Farms’ (ILF) October webinar, to be held Wednesday, Oct. 19, at noon, will feature Mark Hanna, who will present “ISU Farm Energy: Energy Conservation and Efficiency.” The monthly webinar is part of a series hosted by ILF through Adobe Connect. All that is needed to participate is a computer with Internet access.

Previous case studies show the potential for energy savings on Iowa’s farms. ISU Farm Energy is developing educational materials for farmers and utility providers to raise awareness of energy efficiency practices on farming operations, including minimum tillage, machinery maintenance, livestock ventilation and other topics. With support from the Iowa Energy Center and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, this project will help farmers and utility providers work together to improve farm energy efficiency and reduce on-farm energy use. This webinar will specifically address tips and techniques for minimizing energy consumption during fall and spring field operations.

Mark Hanna is an Iowa State University Extension agricultural and biosystems engineer. He conducts adult education and applied research with agricultural field machinery including the areas of tillage, seeding, application, harvest and safety. He holds B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in agricultural engineering from Iowa State University. Hanna was raised on a crop and livestock farm in western Illinois. Current projects include pesticide and fertilizer application, and farm energy efficiency. A precision nitrogen applicator design, developed under Hanna’s direction, was recognized as one of the top 10 design innovations in the last 20 years by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE).

To connect to the webinars, go to: Hanna will be able to answer questions from webinar “attendees” via the Adobe Connect chat box. The ILF website homepage contains links for archived webinars from previous months: