Magazine Articles and Grassroots Efforts

NAAA members have taken a number of steps that have led to successful passage of MET tower laws in their states, and/or the building of constructive dialogue with their state legislatures and local tower erectors regarding the hazards MET towers present. Below are several NAAA articles detailing these efforts. 

Consequences Of Wind Development Aren’t Always In Landowners’ Control 
When a longtime farming customer in Minnesota signed a lease agreement with a wind energy developer and several wind turbines went up on their property, the aerial applicator who serviced their fields could no longer safely access their land to perform aerial application treatments. The loss of aerial application services isn’t the only negative consequence that wind turbines can have on farmers’ productivity. The Minnesota aerial applicator has had conversations with friends and former customers who have lamented a major consideration they overlooked before signing their lease agreement: the impact of wind turbine construction and maintenance on their farm drainage systems. Read More

Can Aerial Applicators And Wind Energy Developers Learn To Coexist?
Getting a scare from an unmarked and unmapped tower is just one of many hazards meteorological testing towers, wind turbines and communications towers pose to aerial applicators. The problems are well documented, and they are becoming more and more prevalent as towers and turbines proliferate on ag land. Read More

To Spray or Not to Spray? 
Across the Great Plains and in some other areas an ongoing informal discussion among aerial applicators is taking place about whether they should work in and around wind turbines. Read More

Wisconson Applicator Declares Towers Off Limit For Spraying
Reabe Spraying Service believes performing an aerial application near a wind energy facility poses an unacceptable risk to its pilots, the company and its aircraft, which is why it refuses to treat ag land within range of such facilities. Read More

Grassroots Efforts: One Aerial Applicator's Action Plan
Tip O’Neill, a longtime Speaker of the House, once declared, “All politics is local.” NAAA members like Damon Reabe have taken those words to heart by wading into zoning debates, talking to landowners and working with local agencies to regulate the marking and placement of wind towers. But Reabe hasn’t stopped there, making a persuasive case that the lack of access to aerial application would have a detrimental effect on potato and processing vegetable production fields in Wisconsin. His efforts got the attention of state legislators and the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture. Read More

Grassroots Advocacy: Breath of Fresh Air
With his public comments, NAAA member Ryan Lubben provided a blueprint for applicators to follow by laying out the adverse effects a proposed wind project will have on Minnesota aerial applicators, farmers. Read More