CORVALLIS - "Wind farming" in the Mid-Columbia region of Oregon and Washington, which is of increasing interest to energy companies because of power shortages and the need for renewable energy, is the focus of a Dec. 11 workshop in Rufus, Ore.

The workshop is sponsored by the Sherman and Wasco county offices of the Oregon State University Extension Service.

Titled "Farming the Wind," the workshop at the Rufus Grade School is designed to help landowners in their decision-making as they consider having commercial windmills sited on their land, according to Brian Tuck, a crops agent with OSU's Wasco County Extension office who is coordinating the workshop with Sandy Macnab, chair of the Sherman County Extension office.

The workshop, which runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., will look at:

  • An overview of the wind industry and what the future holds for the Mid-Columbia;
  • Farmer experiences with having commercial windmills on their property;
  • The economics of sitting windmills;
  • What landowners should consider before signing a windmill agreement.

The cost of the workshop will be $10 per person for those who pre-register and $15 at the door. The fee will cover the cost of a box lunch and break refreshments.

Registration will start at 9 a.m. Presentations will begin at 10. Pre-registration for the workshop is preferred. To pre-register call the Sherman County Extension Office, 541-565-3230, or the Wasco County Extension Office, 541-296-5494.



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Brian Tuck, 541-296-5494