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Milking Wind, Instead of Cows

Like most of the dairy farmers in Lewis County, New York, Bill Burke was in debt. His plan for retirement was to sell off much of his dairy farm. That was until a businessman rolled into town with a new idea: Milk wind, not cows. Now Bill, his wife and many of the other farmers in Lewis County receive a minimum of $6,000 per year for every wind turbine on their properties. That’s changed things plenty. Read the related Summer 2007 feature story here.

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Daniel Hinerfeld is NRDC's associate director of communications. Before joining NRDC, he was a reporter and producer for public radio stations KQED and KCRW, and a senior editor and producer at NPR, where he helped launch the Tavis Smiley Show and D... READ MORE >