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Biopower for Farmers and Ranchers

Photo of turkeys on a farm.

These turkeys produce waste that can be used to generate electricity for the farm.

The following resources will provide you with more information on biopower, or biomass power, technologies for use on farms and ranches. If you are unfamiliar with these technologies, see the introduction to biopower.

Research and Commercial Opportunities

NREL Biomass Research: What is a Biorefinery?
Presents NREL's concept for integrating biomass conversion processes and equipment to produce fuels, power, and chemicals from biomass.

U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Feedstock Information Network
Covers current research in developing environmentally acceptable crops and cropping systems on farms for producing large quantities of low-cost, high-quality biomass feedstocks.

Federal Biomass Research & Development Initiative
This collaboration between the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Agriculture addresses the development of feedstocks, biofuels, and biobased products, as well as biofuels development analysis.

Anaerobic Digesters (Methane Recovery)

U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Savers: Anaerobic Digesters for Farms and Ranches
Recover methane (biogas) from animal manure for producing electricity, heat, and hot water.

Small Modular Systems

Small Modular Biopower Systems


U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Energy Programs
Financial assistance for biorefineries and producers of advanced biofuels, as well as a grant and loan program to help farmers, ranchers, and rural small businesses invest in energy-efficient and renewable energy technologies.

U.S. Department of Energy Financial Opportunities
Offers financial assistance opportunities for the development and demonstration of energy-efficient and renewable energy technologies.

Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency
Provides information on state, local, utility, and selected federal incentives that promote renewable energy.