The American Corn Growers Foundation (ACGF) and the American Corn Growers Association (ACGA), through their Wealth From The Wind program, are a major sponsor of WINDPOWER 2005 this week in Denver, Colo. WINDPOWER 2005 is expected to be the largest wind energy event ever held in North America with as many as four thousand expected to attend.

"ACGF is proud to be an American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) member and play a lead role as an agricultural organization that long ago identified the importance of wind energy, not just for the future of the U.S. economy and American consumers, but also as a renewable, sustainable and new cash crop for farmers," said Dan McGuire, ACGF chief executive officer. "Given the potential of wind energy as a new income stream it is no surprise that 90 percent of U.S. corn farmers support the development of wind energy."

Overwhelming corn farmer support for wind energy was confirmed by a 2004 nationwide survey carried out for the ACGF and funded by a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Additionally, Wealth From The Wind (WFTW) outreach work is funded by The Energy Foundation, Homeland Foundation, Whole Systems Foundation and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), all facilitating our program's success."

ACGF and ACGA helped form the American Agricultural Wind Coalition (AAWC) in 2002 for the purpose of farm and rural groups working together on national wind energy policy.

Source: Association Release