TRUTH: Wind turbines actually take up very little farmland and can peacefully co-exist with the agricultural use of the surrounding land. Turbines take up only a fraction of the parcels they are sited on, and are placed in a way that facilitates continued farming. The numbers of acres involved in large-scale wind development often sound misleading. A utility-scale wind plant will require roughly 100 acres per megawatt of power, but only about 2.5 acres of this area is actually occupied by a wind turbine, its access roads, and other equipment. That leaves almost 98% of the land open for farming and/or grazing.

While wind turbines can be 120 meters tall, they are only about eight meters wide. The towers are generally pretty slim and the turbine foundations take up very little room. Additionally, the strategic placement of these towers can minimize the amount of farmland needed. Access roads can often be routed along existing fence lines to prevent isolating small areas of land.

The vast majority of farming activity can carry on as it did before turbines were installed. Crops can be planted right up to the base of the turbines and harvested with regular farm machinery, and the turbines do not disturb livestock. Wind power allows farmers to gain a new source of income while continuing to farm most of their land.

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