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Is Grazing Sheep Beneath Solar Panels an Opportunity for Your Future?Sheep ranchers profit from vegetation management and solar panel grazing.

More than 600 farmers responded to a survey that the Cornell Cooperative Enterprise Program (CEP) conducted earlier this year to determine the demands and chances for collaboration in order to meet the difficulties of size and scale for grazing sheep beneath utility-scale solar arrays.

Sheep Industry Insights

Almost 70% of respondents said that the industry needed a producer-led organization to handle contract negotiations, insurance, transportation, and on-site management of sheep.

80% of farmers anticipate the need for more branding, processing, and marketing services as the projected increase in sheep numbers approaches. To disseminate the survey’s findings, we have scheduled two sessions.

In order to advance the interests of farmers grazing sheep beneath solar arrays, these meetings will most critically give farmers the chance to comment and recommend the next measures for moving forward with the development of one or more farmer-led enterprises.

A meeting will be held on Monday, September 25, 2023, from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at the Livingston County Murray Hill office complex, 1 Murray Hill Drive, Mt. Morris, NY 14510, as a joint effort between the CEP and the CCE Northwest New York Dairy, Livestock, & Field Crops team.

Visit http://tiny.cc/97ravz to sign up by September 25 at 5:00 PM.

Event Details

Contact Nancy Glazier, Livestock Specialist, at 585.315.7746 or nig3@cornell.edu for additional information or if you require accommodations.

We will hold a meeting at CCE Jefferson County, 203 North Hamilton St., Watertown, NY 13601, on Thursday, September 28, from 12:00 to 1:30 PM. CCE St. Lawrence County and the CEP will also attend.

Register at http://tiny.cc/53ravz to attend this conference. Contact Abbey Jantzi, Dairy & Livestock Specialist, at phone number 315.788.8450 X 278 or email address aej48@cornell.edu if you require any further information or special accommodations.

Contact Bobbie Severson, CEP Director, at 607.255.1987 or rmh27@cornell.edu for additional details about the New Dawn for Shepherds: Grazing Sheep Under Utility-scale Solar Arrays.

Later this fall, additional gatherings will take place in New England and southern Pennsylvania.

Funding for Grazing Sheep Under Utility-scale:

A New Dawn for Shepherds Through grant agreement 21FSMIPNY1002, the USDA Agricultural Marketing Services, Federal State Marketing Improvement Program, made Solar Arrays possible.

Its authors alone are responsible for its content, which does not always reflect the USDA’s official position.

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