Equipping Extension Educators to Address Producer Needs in Energy Education

Project Overview

Project Type: Professional Development Program
Funds awarded in 2010: $99,596.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2012
Region: Western
State: Wyoming
Principal Investigator:
Sarah Hamlen
MSU Extension

Annual Reports


Not commodity specific


  • Crop Production: irrigation
  • Education and Training: extension, networking
  • Energy: bioenergy and biofuels, energy conservation/efficiency, energy use, solar energy, wind power
  • Farm Business Management: budgets/cost and returns, feasibility study, risk management, value added
  • Sustainable Communities: new business opportunities


    The profitability and sustainability of agricultural operations directly links to the consumption and production of energy. Energy is relevant to sustainability of agricultural lands as energy efficiency impacts production costs profitability, and agricultural producers have the capacity to generate energy through growing biomass, creating biofuels, or from small on-farm generation. Decisions made on energy issues have long-term implications for the sustainability of agricultural production.

    This project developed energy education resources targeted at meeting the needs of agricultural producer educators through web-based tools, energy training, and educational tool kits. The resources help educators provide information on energy such that producers can understand and evaluate energy opportunities.

    Project objectives:

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    The output objectives for this project fall into two categories: 1) direct educator training and materials and 2) indirect training and materials that can be accessed by agricultural producers, Extension Agents and other agency personnel.

    Audience A: Direct Educator Training
    Product a: Curriculum
    Product b: Intranet Tools
    Product c: Training

    Audience B: Indirect Educator Training
    Product d: Material Development
    Product e: Development of Tool Kits

    Outcomes for this project are as follows:
    1. Educators will increase training and educational outreach to agricultural producers.
    2. Educators will establish networks for energy education between Western SARE states.
    3. Producers and educators will be able to more easily access unbiased, research-based information.
    4. Producers will apply the available information in their decision-making processes.
    5. Producers will understand that their local issues may not be they driving factors in their energy development plans.
    6. Evaluations will indicate that the materials and resources available are relevant to meeting producer decision-making needs.

    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.