The other morning I saw a photo of a wind turbine out in California. Part of the wind energy business. It got me to thinking how that endeavor is doing in Iowa. I came across an article “Wind Energy Production: Legal Issues And Related Liability Concerns For Landowners In Iowa And Across The Nation” by Roger A. McEowen. It was in the Iowa State University CALT (Center For Agricultural Law And Taxation) newsletter. Although dated June 20th 2011, the article is as pertinent today as it was five years ago.
Windmills have always been part of the our landscape. In the old days they pumped water for the traditional American farm. For me there was always something soothing about them. It meant people lived there, the crops were irrigated. They belonged on the farm on which they were located. It didn’t bother the people on the next plot of land