The concrete benefits of wind power for farmers

By Greg Alvarez, American Wind Energy Association Blog, Into the Wind

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We often talk about how wind energy is a drought-proof cash crop for farmers and ranchers, providing steady income they can count on when the rains don’t fall or the fields don’t produce as expected. And that income is sizeable– landowners were paid $222 million in lease payments in 2015 alone. That’s why some observers are calling wind power “the new corn.” Continue reading.

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