With oil prices so volatile, Cooperative Extension agents can play an important role in the evolution of America's new power source: agricultural producers who have an entrepreneurial spirit and the resources to create renewable energy. By acting as information brokers to farmers and ranchers, we can help them learn how to create and sell energy from wind, corn, sunflowers, soybeans, manure, and more. Government agencies are urgently adopting measures to provide funding and support the renewable energy industry. Extension's contribution is a critical link in the chain of events that will lead to profitable ventures and energy independence.
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Fortson, L. (2006). 25 by '25: Extension's Role in Rural Energy Development. The Journal of Extension, 44(5), Article 26. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol44/iss5/26