Wind turbines in farm field

Driving across Iowa, you may see miles of corn and soybean fields with wind turbines spinning above. Iowa’s sprawling farmland is an ideal place to generate wind power.

But farmers are often hesitant. How will the turbines affect their crops, their livestock, and their land?

It helps to talk to someone who knows where they’re coming from … someone like Kathy Law, whose family has farmed in Iowa for generations.

Law: “I think for the most part it’s helpful just that I’m a farmer that can talk the language with the farmers.”

Law is also a real estate attorney. She works on behalf of wind developers, securing leases and permits for wind projects.

She says her background in agriculture helps her bridge the gap between farmers and developers. And she believes wind power is good for both.

She says wind turbines have little impact on farming operations. And the leases can provide a steady stream of income.

Law: “It’s a product just like our corn and soybeans. Why not harness it and benefit from it?”

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In 2015, wind produced more than 30 percent of the electricity generated in Iowa. And Law expects that number to rise.

Law: “There’s still lots of room for growth in Iowa. There’s lots of projects in the works.”

Reporting credit: Sarah Kennedy/ChavoBart Digital Media.

Bruce Lieberman

Bruce Lieberman, a long-time journalist, has covered climate change science, policy, and politics for nearly two decades. A newspaper reporter for 20 years, Bruce worked for The San Diego Union-Tribune...