Beyond Biofuels: Renewable Energy Opportunities for U.S. Farmers - Greening the Economy

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Beyond Biofuels: Renewable Energy Opportunities for U.S. Farmers

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August 27, 2010

As farmers struggle with increasing energy costs and decreasing farm incomes, untapped business opportunities in renewable energy hold the promise of addressing both of these problems, while also offering numerous other benefits such as rural economic development, national energy security and improved environmental conditions.  American farmers have captured some renewable energy opportunities available to them, notably those associated with ethanol production, but have not yet developed most renewable technologies to their full potential.  German farmers, on the other hand, have used renewable to their advantage and have established a much more robust agriculture-renewables connection than their American counterparts.

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