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USDA-NASS seeks input on energy program


June 29, 2010
By Manure Manager

June 25, 2010,
Washington, DC – The Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural
Statistics Service (NASS) is seeking stakeholder input as it develops an annual
program to collect and publish data about agriculture’s production and use of
renewable energy.



June 25, 2010,
Washington, DC – The Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural
Statistics Service (NASS)
is seeking stakeholder input as it develops an annual
program to collect and publish data about agriculture’s production and use of
renewable energy.

“With growing national
interest in energy efficiency and alternative energy sources, there is a need
for solid data about how the agriculture sector is generating and using
renewable energy,” said NASS associate administrator Joseph T. Reilly. “In
response to this need, we’re expanding our data collection efforts and are
hoping that farmers, farm and energy organizations, and other stakeholders will
weigh in and tell us exactly what information they want and need.”

In the 2007 Census of
Agriculture
, NASS for the first time included a question about on-farm energy
production. Based on the information gathered from the census, NASS is
currently conducting USDA’s first On-Farm Renewable Energy Production Survey, focusing
on farms and ranches that produced renewable energy via solar panels, wind
turbines and methane digesters in 2009.

“This initial survey
will provide important baseline data, and our plan is to expand our efforts
into a broader, annual survey program beginning in 2012,” said Reilly. “We’re
open to looking at all aspects of renewable energy production and use,
including issues such as the costs and benefits, the motivators and obstacles,
and the handling and use of energy co-products.”

A notice in the June 21
Federal Register includes details about the opportunity for interested
individuals and organizations to provide input to NASS. Additional information,
including an online comment form, is available at: http://www.nass.usda.gov/energysurvey.


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