Agriculture and Energy - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780124542501, 9780323142649

Agriculture and Energy

1st Edition

Editors: William Lockeretz
eBook ISBN: 9780323142649
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st January 1977
Page Count: 766
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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



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




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