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Advising corn growers about wind development potential

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America's corn growing industry wants to make wind turbines a crop its members can rely on. The industry association is advising small and medium scale farmers on how to secure the benefits that wind developers are offering to farmers across the nation in the form of lease and royalty payments. "Wealth From the Wind" is a program developed by the American Corn Growers Foundation with a grant from the WK Kellogg Foundation to educate farmers about using wind power. The program not only looks at farmers receiving payments from developers, it also promotes farmer participation in wind generating co-operatives and net metering, according to Larry Mitchell of the American Corn Growers Association. Working with Windustry in Minnesota, an organisation promoting wind in rural communities throughout the country, Wealth From the Wind also plans to lobby Congress and the Bush administration to promote wind installations as a way for farms to generate new income. Mitchell says Iowa, Minnesota, North and South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas hold the most potential.

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