Turning to turbines: As commodity prices remain low, wind energy leases offer a welcome source of income for farmers

 By Cole Epley, Omaha World-Herald


Wind energy, the fastest-growing source of electricity in the U.S., is transforming low-income rural areas in ways not seen since the federal government gave land to homesteaders 150 years ago. As commodity prices threaten to reach decade lows and farmers struggle to meet debt payments, wind has saved family farms across a wide swath of the heartland. Read more. 

Photo: Four 1.7-megawatt General Electric wind turbines on the Brockhaus farm near Creston, Nebraska, feed power into the Loup Power District grid on Thursday. Credit: Matt Dixon, Omaha World-Herald