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Farm Energy Analysis Tool (FEAT)


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Originator:The Pennsylvania State University
Title:
Farm Energy Analysis Tool (FEAT)
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Online_Linkage: http://www.ecologicalmodels.psu.edu/agroecology/feat/
Description:
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The Farm Energy Analysis Tool (FEAT)is a static, deterministic, data-base model, was created to use a whole-farm approach to evaluate energy and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for different agricultural systems. This simple, yet effective, computer modeling approach allows for a rapid evaluation which provided useful estimates needed for agricultural researchers.

The energy required to grow a crop can be calculated by accounting for energy associated with required inputs and then converting inputs to a same unit of energy (MJ), which creates an analytical coherence and flexibility that is very practical for evaluating systems (Farrell et al., 2006; Pimentel & Patzek, 2005). The methodology for GHG evaluation is similar to energy analysis, where all the inputs and outputs are converted to one mass unit of carbon equivalent or carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) (Farrell, et al., 2006; Lal, 2004). The main GHGs from agricultural production (CO2, CH4, and N2O) (Kim & Dale, 2005; Robertson, Paul, & Harwood, 2000) have different global warming potentials (GWP); in other words, each GHG has a different impact in terms of global warming, and GWP is used as a factor to equalize each gas, usually calculated over a 100 year timeframe (IPCC, 2006). After GWP conversion, GHGs can be added since they have the units of kilograms of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) (Chianese, Rotz, & Richard, 2009). The Farm Energy Analysis Tool (FEAT) is database model that organizes information from the literature in a functional and transparent model that can be used to estimate energy use and GHG emissions from crop production (Appendix A). The model currently includes the following crops: 1) barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) harvested for grain; 2) corn harvested for grain and silage; 3) rye (Secale cereale L.) harvested for silage; 4) wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) harvested for grain and silage; 5) alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.); 6) red clover (Trifolium pratense L.); 7) canola (Brassicanapus L.); 8) soybean; 9) sugar beet (Beta vulgaris L.); 10) miscanthus (Miscanthus × giganteus Greef et Deu.); 11) switchgrass (Panicum virgatum L.); 12) hybrid poplar (Populus spp.); and 13) willow (Salix spp.).
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The Farm Energy Analysis Tool (FEAT) is database model that organizes information from the literature in a functional and transparent model that can be used to estimate energy use and GHG emissions from crop production. 
The Farm Energy Analysis Tool (FEAT), a static, deterministic, data-base model, was created to use a whole-farm approach to evaluate energy and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for different agricultural systems. FEAT simulates farm systems, making it possible to analyze a very large range of possibilities and evaluate their performance under different assumptions. Please feel free to go to the download section and get a free copy of the FEAT spreadsheet.
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Theme_Keyword:farming
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The University excludes any and all implied warranties, including warranties or merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose.
The University makes no warranty or representation, either express or implied, with respect to the FILES or accompanying documentation, including its quality, performance, merchantability, or fitness for a particular purpose. The FILES and documentation are provided "as is" and the USER assumes the entire risk as to its quality and performance.
The University will not be liable for any direct, indirect, special, incidental, or consequential damages arising out of the use or inability to use the FILES or any accompanying documentation.
The USER is granted permission to translate and add value to the FILES for the use of the FILES on its computer hardware; provided, however, that the USER annually notify the University of any customizing or value-adding work done.
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Contact_Organization:Penn State
Contact_Person:Gustavo G.T. Camargo
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Address_Type:mailing address
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Dept. of Agricultural and Biological Engineering
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239 Agricultural Engineering Building
City:University Park
State_or_Province:Pennsylvania
Postal_Code:16802
Country:USA
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address:ggc107@psu.edu
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Contact_Organization:Penn State Data Commons
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Address_Type:mailing and physical address
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115 Land and Water Building
City:University Park
State_or_Province:Pennsylvania
Postal_Code:16802
Country:United States
Contact_Voice_Telephone:(814) 865 - 8792
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address:datacommons@psu.edu
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The USER shall indemnify, save harmless, and, if requested, defend those parties involved with the development and distribution of this data, their officers, agents, and employees from and against any suits, claims, or actions for injury, death, or property damage arising out of the use of or any defect in the FILES or any accompanying documentation. Those parties involved with the development and distribution excluded any and all implied warranties, including warranties or merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose and makes no warranty or representation, either express or implied, with respect to the FILES or accompanying documentation, including its quality, performance, merchantability, or fitness for a particular purpose. The FILES and documentation are provided "as is" and the USER assumes the entire risk as to its quality and performance. Those parties involved with the development and distribution of this data will not be liable for any direct, indirect, special, incidental, or consequential damages arising out of the use or inability to use the FILES or any accompanying documentation.
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Contact_Organization:Penn State Data Commons
Contact_Position:Metadata Coordinator
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Address_Type:mailing address
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115 Land and Water Building
City:University Park
State_or_Province:Pennsylvania
Postal_Code:16802
Country:United States
Contact_Voice_Telephone:814-865-8792
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address:datacommons@psu.edu
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