Farm groups in several states are trying to figure out how to address the expansion of solar panels on productive farmland. Minnesota Corn Growers president Richard Syverson says it’s a difficult issue:
“We have people who want to participate in that, there are a lot of dollars being pushed that way right now. We need to take a position (and) need to work on that, so we wrestle with that one as a group.”
Syverson says Minnesota Corn wants to be very careful to get the solar policy right:
“You’ve got huge government subsidies, and that’s kind of how we approached it if you take prime farm ground out of production you shouldn’t qualify for a subsidy. We shouldn’t have government dollars taking good land out of production.”
Syverson says there’s plenty of poor ground in Minnesota and elsewhere that would work for solar panel installation if incentivized properly.