I run an ag renewable energy coalition.
More specifically, at the beginning of 2020, I founded a renewable energy coalition of Indiana farmers.
- Because there’s a gap between the knowledge of the landowner and the asks of big developers, and ag resources need to exist in that gap.
- Because if we’re going to invest in our rural communities, we need to know the how, the what, and the why of renewable energy on ag land.
Renewable energy isn’t right for every farm, but every farm should have the choice.
The basis of the coalition (it’s Indiana Agriculture Coalition for Renewable Energy, IN-ACRE) is that farmers have the right to farm on their land.
Property rights, right to farm, making the land work best for you and your operation; that’s what the coalition is about.
Solar, wind, geothermal, and other renewable energy sources are just a different type of energy, but if it’s on ag land, it’s still farming.
Renewable energy still requires caring for the land beneath it, and making an investment that can be handed down to the next generation.
Not in Indiana but still want to know about renewable energy options and resources in your region? Email me and let’s connect.
If you’re an Indiana farmer or landowner, join me and Indiana Farm Bureau on 3 Thursdays in March (11th, 18th, 25th) and let’s look at diversifying your operation, and determine if renewable energy resources are right for your land.
We have some great speakers lined up, and I’ll be wrapping up the series on March 25th with a panel of 3 Indiana growers to talk the good, bad, & ugly of their renewable projects (wind, solar, anaerobic digester).
Until next time-
ACT Like A Pro out there.
-Sarah Beth Aubrey