Agriculture and Energy

Agriculture and Energy

1st Edition - January 1, 1977

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  • Editor: William Lockeretz
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323142649

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Agriculture and Energy consists of the proceedings of a conference held at Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, on June 17-19, 1976. The conference aims to bring together a broad spectrum of researchers concerned with obtaining a better understanding of the energy consumption by agriculture. These researchers are also concerned with developing ways to help food production adapt to occurring and anticipated resource availability problems. This book is organized into nine parts, separating the papers of the conference as chapters. It describes the quantity of energy consumed in particular production processes or in production at various levels of aggregation in the field of agriculture. It also dwells into the economic impacts of energy problems on agricultural production. It looks into the comparative economic and energy costs of the various methods for producing a specific product. Furthermore, this reference material discusses unconventional production methods that can reduce the need for fossil energy inputs by using renewable energy sources or recycling materials. Lastly, the implications of the energy situation for agricultural policy, both in the U.S. and in developing countries, are shown.

Table of Contents

  • Foreword


    Energy Use in Agriculture: Statewide and National Analyses

    Economic and Environmental Impacts of the Energy Crisis on Agricultural Production

    Energy Intensiveness of Washington Agriculture and the Effects of Increases in Energy Prices on Washington Agriculture

    Energy Use Patterns for Agricultural Production in New Mexico

    Crop Production

    Potential of Drying Grain with Solar Energy

    Drying Energy from Corn Cobs: A Total System

    Evaluating Energy-Saving Practices by Simulation

    Changes in Fertilizer Usage and Crop Production under Scarce Energy Supplies

    Economic and Energy Comparison of Crop Production on Organic and Conventional Corn Belt Farms


    Irrigation Energy Requirements in the 17 Western States

    Energy Used for Pumping Irrigation Water in the United States, 1974

    Irrigation and the Energy Economics of Water Management for Hydrologic Basins

    Impact of Natural Gas Curtailments and Price Increases on Irrigated Agriculture in Texas

    The Situation in Texas on Fuel for Irrigation

    A Method for the Economic Analysis of Irrigated Farming with Diminishing Ground Water Reserves

    Energy Reduction through Improved Irrigation Practices

    A Comparison of Minimum Energy Designs to Minimum Economic Designs for Farm Irrigation Supply Lines


    Increasing the Efficiency of Agricultural Traction and Transport

    Energy Requirements for Tillage on Coastal Plains Soils

    Energy Requirements of Reduced Tillage Practices for Corn and Soybean Production in Virginia

    Energy Requirements and Areas of Adaptation for Eight Tillage-Planting Systems for Corn

    Economic and Energy Efficiency Comparisons of Soybean Tillage Systems

    Corn Tillage Systems–Will Energy Costs Determine the Choice?

    Fertilizers and Plant Nutrients

    Mineral Resources for Agricultural Uses

    Energy Consumption in the U.S. Chemical Fertilizer System from the Ground to the Ground

    Soil Carbon Dynamics and Cropping Practices

    Genetic Modification of N2-Fixing Bacteria

    Conserving Energy with Nitrification Inhibitors

    Improved Growth and Yield of Crops from Organic Supplements

    Experiments in the Recycling of Swine Manure Using a Polyculture of Asian and North American Fishes

    Livestock Production

    Energy Requirements of Alternative Beef Production Systems in Colorado

    Efficiencies of Beef Production Using Alternate Cropping Systems

    Material-Energy Requirements in Alternative Dairy Farming Systems

    Computer Evaluation of Alternative Broiler Production Programs for Energy Conservation Potential

    Solar Assisted Heat Pump System for Swine Housing

    Non-Depletable Energy Sources

    Measurement of External Learning Benefits from Methane Generation on Commercial Poultry Farms

    Economic Feasibility of Methane Generation and Livestock and Crop Waste Recycling for a Typical Iowa Family Farm

    Economic Potential of Bagasse as an Alternative Energy Source: The Hawaiian Experience

    TVA Uses of Waste Heat in Agricultural

    Waste Heat Utilization from Power Plants with an Integrated Agricultural and Aquacultural System

    America's Forests: An Energy Enterprise

    Short-Rotation Forestry as a Solar Energy Transducer and Storage System

    Agriculture in Developing Countries

    Energy and Rural Development in India: Some Issues

    Choice of Foods to Shorten Food Chains in India

    Bullocks–The Mainstay of Farm Power in India

    A Cost-Benefit Analysis of Biogas Production in Rural India: Some Policy Issues

    Prospects for Increasing Food Production in Less Developed Countries through Efficient Energy Utilization

    The Political Economy of Energy and Agriculture in the Third World

    Alternative to Energy Intensive Fertilizers: Organic Materials as Fertilizers

    Implications of Energy Problems for U.S. Agricultural Policy

    Agricultural Policy Implications of Changing Energy Prices and Supplies

    Energy and Agriculture: Some Economic Issues

    Realistic and Unrealistic Energy Conservation Potential in Agriculture

    Limitations of the Energy Approach in Defining Priorities in Agriculture



Product details

  • No. of pages: 766
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1977
  • Published: January 1, 1977
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323142649

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