Connecting with farmers
The SCAPES team works with farmers in determining how to effectively integrate photovoltaic technology in crop production. We will tailor our research design to provide useful data about AV systems to farmers so they can make informed decisions. Using our experience and expertise to engage stakeholders, we will gain a shared understanding of the benefits, costs, interest, and concerns with installing AV systems on farms and the information needed to advance adoption in areas where AVs are beneficial.
Our affiliated farmers
Through grassroots advocacy, the IL Corn Growers Association aims to create a future for Illinois farmers in which they can operate freely, responsibly, and successfully.
The Colorado Wheat Administrative Committee is a producer-elected board that administers the Colorado Wheat Marketing Order. Their goal is to help Colorado wheat producers develop, maintain, and increase domestic and export sales while supporting education, research, and promotional programs designed to increase the consumption and utilization of Colorado wheat.
The Alabama Cooperative Extension System is the primary outreach and engagement organization for the land-grant mission of Alabama A&M University and Auburn University in cooperation with Tuskegee University. In our rapidly changing digital era, Alabama Extension continues to lead in research and problem-solving.
The Illinois Soybean Association is a statewide organization that strives to enable Illinois soybean producers to be the most knowledgeable and profitable soybean producers in the world.
The Illinois Farm Bureau works to improve the economic well-being of agriculture and enrich the quality of farm family life. Since 1916, the Illinois Farm Bureau has provided education and information to help farmers, while supporting legislation and lobbying efforts about agricultural issues.
Holscher Grain Farms is Located in Knox County, Indiana. They are a fourth-generation family operation, proudly farming in Southern Indiana and Illinois.
Walters’ AG Service in Farmington, IL supplies agriculture fertilizer and chemicals. They also provide landscaping, sandblasting, painting, hydraulic hose and other services. They are family-owned and operated by Larry and Marilyn Walters, with the help of their daughter Julia Walters-Edwards, and other family members.
Reifsteck Farm, located in Champaign County, IL, is operated by John Reifsteck. A passionate voice for the agricultural industry, Reifsteck communicates with policymakers and public institutions on behalf of both agriculture and agricultural cooperatives.
Mackinson Dairy Farm is located near Pontiac, IL and is a dairy and grain operation. They are a fifth-generation family farm.