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My household has recently designed a pretty tough selection and we have appear to the summary that we need to have to make our land obtainable for the Lebanon Photo voltaic Venture. We gave it a great deal of thought, and we’re carrying out this mainly because we imagine that it is in the very best interest of our upcoming and our farm. 

Thear a great deal of romanticizing about our community “family farms” from some folks who are opposed to this solar undertaking. But these are hard times for spouse and children farms! Farms have been running for the final numerous a long time on 2021 bills these types of as feed, seed, fertilizer and fix fees and getting only 1980 milk selling prices. This will make it following to difficult to work and make a revenue. Thirty a long time from now agriculture may well be much more rewarding for future generations. This choice will assist our spouse and children, sure, but we also agreed to this form of growth mainly because photo voltaic initiatives enable safeguard the land beneath in situation any person desires to farm it all over again in the long term. It’s a great deal like the Conservation Reserve Program, in my perspective. Photo voltaic may perhaps not be the suitable alternative for each individual farm, but it’s the proper selection for ours. 

The fact is, North Annville Township will alter greatly in the future 10-15 decades. Just like my young ones, most youthful persons are not intrigued in carrying on the relatives farm. Farm young children have found how their dad and mom have experienced to work 7 times a 7 days, twelve to fourteen hours a day and make all sorts of sacrifices for extremely small cash flow. Most existing North Annville farms are owned by individuals 60 several years or older, we think that solar farms are the most effective choice as opposed to housing or industrial warehouses in which the land is gone without end. 

There’s been a large amount of loose speak about how this solar project won’t definitely benefit our neighborhood, but I do not feel these viewpoints are dependent in fact. When Lebanon Solar is under development, it will provide construction jobs to our neighborhood. On top of that, this challenge will increase tax profits even though not adding any will need for new infrastructure these types of as policing and streets. These advantages only improve my perception that Lebanon Solar requirements to move ahead. We ought to embrace this opportunity now, when we have the chance. 

Ultimately, I know the North Annville Board of Supervisors have been hearing a lot on this issue, and I want to thank them for their really hard do the job. I consider it’s essential for everyone to comprehend that the impending meeting about the challenge need to be dependent on just the specifics. The township has procedures for photo voltaic farms, and if the proposed undertaking satisfies individuals rules, then the job should be authorized to shift forward. 

At the conclusion of the day, we must all be authorized the independence to make our have decisions about how to use our possess home to ideal provide the needs of our people, now and for the long run. Thus we are going ahead with the Lebanon Photo voltaic Challenge. 

Donald Baer is a farmer and co-owner of Baer Bros. Farm in Annville.

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