Minnesota's Legacy

Transitioning Minnesota Farms to Local Energy

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$500,000
Fund Source
Environment & Natural Resources Trust Fund
Recipient
U of MN
Recipient Type
Public College/University
Status
Completed
Start Date
July 2014
End Date
June 2017
Counties Affected
Statewide
Statewide
Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2014, Chp. 226, Sec. 2, Subd. 08d
Appropriation Language

$500,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota for the West Central Research and Outreach Center in Morris to develop clean energy strategies for Minnesota farms in order to reduce fossil fuel energy use and increase local energy production. Any installation of infrastructure or improvements must be at the University of Minnesota West Central Research and Outreach Center. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2017, by which time the project must be completed and final products delivered.

2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$500,000
Other Funds Leveraged
$0
Direct expenses
$500,000
Number of full time equivalents funded
7.21
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

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Measurable Outcome(s)

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Project Overview

Production agriculture’s dependence on fossil fuel energy carries significant economic and ecological risks. The energy consumed within livestock facilities alone is the equivalent consumption of several large cities, and agriculture currently contributes approximately 14% of the total greenhouse gas emissions in the state. As consumers increasingly demand low carbon footprint products, adoption of clean energy systems in crop and livestock production would position Minnesota’s agricultural sector with a competitive advantage. While Minnesota farmers have historically adopted technology to more efficiently use resources and optimize production, implementation of clean energy technologies on farms has been slow to date and farmers continue to opt for conventional fossil-based energy. In response to this, researchers at the University of Minnesota West Central Research and Outreach Center are using this appropriation to develop, test, and evaluate options for clean energy systems for modern swine production facilities and conduct associated outreach to increase adoption of clean energy systems at these facilities.

Project Manager
First Name
Eric
Last Name
Buchanan
Organization Name
U of MN - Morris
Street Address
46352 State Hwy 329
City
Morris
State
MN
Zip Code
56267
Phone
(320) 589-1711
Email
buch0123@morris.umn.edu