Friday, October 27, 2006

Farmer John in a hybrid car?

Farmers stand to gain a lot from the shift to a renewable energy economy. Whether it's ethanol crops or wind turbines on the fields of the Great Plains, farmers have often been some of the strongest supporters of clean, renewable energy. So it should be no surprise that many are also taking preventative measures to brace their businesses for the impacts of global warming.

Sustainable farming methods like no-till farming and developing crops that use soil moisture and nutrients more efficiently are helping farmers cope with higher temperatures that could harm production.

William Niebur, vice president of DuPont Crop Genetics Research and Development, explained that successful corn production has moved north 100 miles over the past three decades. Preventative measures now, in addition to taking advantage of renewable energy opportunities (that are literally knocking at the door), make sense for the bottom line and for the planet.

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