The agriculture industry consumes huge amounts of energy and water resources. In doing so, it contributes to significant carbon and greenhouse gas emissions. The agriculture industry’s often overlooked and environmentally harmful rates of natural resource consumption are largely-in-part due to poor land and resource management, inefficiencies in agricultural equipment, and a lack of awareness to the benefits of sustainability initiatives by agriculture industry members. This white paper provides information on:
- Incentives, technologies, and cost-benefits from sustainability initiatives and natural resource conservation practices
- U.S. federal programs helping agriculture industry members sustain the natural resources of their lands
- State programs helping agriculture industry members obtain fossil fuel independence through the application of: (1) Water efficient practices and technologies, (2) Energy efficient practices and technologies, and (3) Onsite renewable energy generation.