Corn Growers Want Wind Power

Corn growers in the United States overwhelmingly want wind power to be developed with proper governmental incentives.

WASHINGTON, DC, US, 2001-08-14 [SolarAccess.com] Corn growers in the United States overwhelmingly want wind power to be developed with proper governmental incentives. Nearly half would be willing to invest in wind energy projects, according to a survey done for the American Corn Growers Association, but the survey also shows that corn farmers question the seriousness of the global warming debate and any detrimental effects it would have on farm productivity. The study of 500 farmers was conducted by Robinson & Muenster Associates of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, as part of ACGA’s ‘Wealth From the Wind’ program. The survey claims a reliability factor of +/- 4.5 percent. “While 88 percent of those surveyed support the development of wind power, 49.5 percent believe that wind power can provide additional farm income and another 47 percent would be willing to invest in wind power projects,” says the association’s CEO Larry Mitchell. The survey found that 62.3 percent of corn growers believe the debate over global climate change is either overblown or imaginary, 53.6 percent do not take the threat of climate change seriously, 64.6 percent do not believe the productivity of their farms is threatened by a changing climate, and 56.4 percent believe that carbon sequestration can reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Another 85.1 percent say that wind power should be promoted if it helps reduce emissions and helps reduce the threat of global warming. While farmers may be skeptical about global climate change, “they recognize that positive and proactive measures by production agriculture, including wind power generation and ethanol utilization, can help clean the environment and reduce harmful emissions,” explains Dan McGuire, chairman of ACGA’s Policy Committee. The ‘Wealth From the Wind’ program was developed by the association’s foundation to recognize the economic and environmental benefits of wind generation on U.S. farmers and rural communities.

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