Adding Value to Iowa's Resources Essay

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Today Iowa is excelling as one of the top states when it comes to agricultural production, and a leader in using its resources. Iowa has rankings in the top 5 states in the nation in 3 different categories of production. In the livestock category Iowa is ranked fourth in the nation in cattle and calves, fourth in sheep, goats, and their products, first in layers (chickens that lay eggs), and first in hogs and pigs. In the crops category Iowa is ranked first in corn for grain and first in soybean production. (NASS) And in the renewable energy category it ranks second in the amount of electricity produced for its wind turbines, first in the percentage of electricity, used annually, that comes from wind energy generation (10%), and first …show more content…
A two year study was done at Altamont Pass, which consists of 7’000 wind turbines, and 182 birds were found dead, most due to collision with the turbines and the rest due to electrocutions from power lines and collisions with wires. Other than Altamont Pass the average is about once every 8-15 years that a bird will collide with a wind machine. (HealthLink) These numbers are extremely low compared to other causes. According to the AWEA Wildlife facts sheet, each year 60-80 million bird death due to collisions with vehicles, 100 million to one billion due to collisions with buildings and towers, 175 million due to collisions with power lines, and one billion due to house cats. So in reality wind energy is responsible for only 3 out of every 100,000 bird death caused by human (and feline) activities. The other argument is that wind turbines are not appealing to human senses such as sight and hearing. The fact that wind turbines are unsightly is more of a personal preference, but technology has allowed wind turbines to be made larger and quieter, as a posed to the small noisy models that were first used, this allows fewer to be used to make the same if not more energy than in previous years. (HealthLink) Some people say that wind turbines are noisy, true early models were noisy, but

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