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Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund

2010 New England Farm Energy Conference

March 15-16, 2010
Radisson Conference Center, Manchester, NH

Please join us for this two day event that will include concurrent workshop tracks, one geared toward Oilseed Production, and another focused on Greenhouse Energy Efficiency and Conservation. The goal of the conference is to provide farmers with effective on-farm energy practices that are suitable for New England. Presentations will combine practical farmer experiences with the most current research results from area Universities.

Keynote Address

Mike Morris from the ATTRA / National Center for Appropriate Technology will kick off the conference to address practical ways to audit energy usage on your farm. How do you match the right renewable resource for your farm? It’s speed dating for farm energy! Mike Morris leads the farm energy team at ATTRA , and cooks up many other projects at the National Center for Appropriate Technology. He has recently been conducting energy training for Extension agents in the South (described at, researching the cost and effectiveness of farm energy audits, and conducting "Energy Alternatives" workshops for farmers and rural communities in Montana, California, North Carolina, and other parts of the country. Mike holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh, and has taught at colleges and universities in Michigan, Montana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, specializing in ethics, technology, and the environment.


2010 Conference Sponsors

Many thanks to our sponsors for their generous support and contributions! University of Maine Cooperative Extension, UMass Extention, University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension, University of Vermont Extension, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund, Risk Management Agency, and Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE).

A special thank you to U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy and the U.S. Department of Energy for their generous support for ongoing renewable energy research and education in New England.