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Viewing of the Solar Eclipse at the Cosmosphere

By Lucky Kidd HUTCHINSON, Kan. — A big crowd gathered at the Cosmosphere in Hutchinson Monday to view the solar eclipse, which had an 87 percent coverage of the sun locally.Sherry Treece with the Cosmosphere told Ad... Read More.

Barton County Approves Solar Regulations

By Lucky Kidd GREAT BEND, Kan. — Noting the decisiveness in the community and difficulty in coming to this point, Barton County Commissioners Friday adopted three resolutions that will as a group set out regulations for large scale non-commercial... Read More.

Total Solar Eclipse to Cross North America on April 8

By Kansas Department of Transportation TOPEKA, Kan. — On Monday, April 8, a total solar eclipse will cross North America. The Kansas Department of Transportation and the Kansas Highway Patrol advise travelers to plan ahead as traffic is expected... Read More.

Farm Bureau says USDA needs solar recommendations for farmland

A policy specialist with the American Farm Bureau Federation says the organization wants USDA to outline solar development best practices for ag lands. Arica Hamilton tells Brownfield, “One part of a AFBF policy is to try and push solar developments to brownfield or conservation... Read More.

Reno County Commission Approves Small-Scale Solar Regulations

By Lucky Kidd RENO COUNTY, Kan. — Following another lengthy discussion Wednesday, Reno County Commissioners approved with one change regulations for limited-scale commercial solar systems, those of 2-megawatt-capacity or smaller on lot sizes of less than ten acres.The change... Read More.

Solar “explosion” a concern for ag in southeastern Wisconsin

There’s concern about an explosion of solar projects in southeastern Wisconsin. Compeer Financial certified appraiser Bobbi Jo Statton tells Brownfield new solar farms now occupy nearly 1,000 acres in Rock County, and another project about to come online will encompass 2,000 acres. “That’s some good... Read More.

New SUNRAY Act seeks balance between ag & solar

A new bill introduced into Congress aims to find a balance between the solar industry and production agriculture.  Congressman Eric Sorenson of Illinois says the Securing and Understanding Our National Renewable Agriculture Yields for Energy, or SUNRAY, Act calls on USDA to identify and... Read More.

Solar generation does not pay every farmer equally

Many farmers across the country have been approached by energy companies and developers, asking them to consider having solar energy panels on their farms, but Compeer Financial’s David Dinnerman says not every farmer is getting paid the same. ...

Michigan farms expanding solar following new legislation

Some Michigan farms in the process of adding solar to offset energy use are expanding production to benefit from new clean energy legislation. Allen Bonthuis with Harvest Solar tells Brownfield farmers can now produce 110 percent of their renewable energy needs and be compensated... Read More.