Is Grazing Sheep Beneath Solar Arrays and Opportunity for Your Future?




Event Details

Date

September 25, 2023

Time

6:30pm - 8:30pm

Location

Livingston County Murray Hill office campus
1 Murray Hill Drive
Mt. Morris, NY 14510

Host

The CEP and NWNY Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops Team

Nancy Glazier
585-315-7746



Grazing sheep beneath utility-scale solar arrays can build wealth of present and future sheep farmers as vegetation management service providers and access to additional pasture. The Cornell Cooperative Enterprise Program (CEP) conducted a survey earlier this year completed by over 600 farmers. Farmers identified barriers to grazing sheep under solar arrays and weighed in on need for a producer-led organization to negotiate contracts on their behalf, coordinate logistics of multiple flocks, provide transport of sheep to and from the site, care for sheep while on-site, and provide supplemental mowing. Additional questions focused on processing and marketing needs.

The CEP in collaboration with the Cornell University Cooperative Extension Northwest NY Dairy, Livestock, and Field Crops team will share results of the survey with interested farmers on Monday, September 25, 2023, 6:30 to 8:30 PM at the Livingston County Murray Hill office campus, 1 Murray Hill Drive, Mt. Morris, NY 14510. Those attending will be invited to share perspectives on grazing sheep beneath solar arrays and identify necessary next steps towards forming producers-led organization.

For more information or need for accommodation, please contact Nancy Glazier, Livestock Specialist at 585.315.7746, email: nig3@cornell.edu or Bobbie Severson, CEP Director, phone: 607.255.1987 or email rmh27@cornell.edu. 

Please register for the event by September 25 at 5:00 pm

Funding for A New Dawn for Shepherds: Grazing Sheep under Utility-scale Solar Arrays was made possible by USDA Agricultural Marketing Services, Federal State Marketing Improvement Program through grant agreement 21FSMIPNY1002. Its contents are solely




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