Oregonian guest opinion: How wind power helps rural Oregon

Dryland farmers are resourceful by nature. Over the centuries, we’ve learned how to grow crops with little to no rain. It’s true, family farms like ours have lasted for seven generations because of hard work, grit and determination, but, with the help of a little innovation and technology, we’ve survived and thrived through the many years.

When the prospect arose 13 years ago to be part of the Shepherds Flat Wind Farm, it was the right decision for us. Wind income is directly responsible for providing the opportunity to step into the driver’s seat in the family wheat operation. Blown Away Ranch, a nod to the ever-blowing wind, operates in Gilliam and Morrow counties on 5,000 acres hosting 30 wind tower generators. Multiple farming operations included in the footprint of the wind farm reap the benefits of the wind.

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