Agricultural producers looking to incorporate solar power into their operations will find a wealth of information on the topic at The Energy Fair. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the fair. Organized by the Midwest Renewable Energy Association, the annual event is the longest-running event of its kind according to promoters.

With more than 10,000 attendees annually the event brings people together to learn about sustainability and clean renewable energy. Soon after the first fair was organized in 1990 the Midwest Renewable Energy Association was formed and incorporated as a 501©3 non-profit organization. It states its unwavering mission is to “promote renewable energy, energy efficiency, and sustainable living through education and demonstration.” In addition to The Energy Fair, the association manages solar-training programs and coordinates partnerships throughout the Midwest to expand the renewable-energy market.

“For 30 years the (association) has been proud to organize this event, driven by thousands of knowledgeable and passionate individuals, to provide the expansive set of tools our attendees are seeking to move forward in their sustainability journey,” said Jordan Pupols, organizer. “The world is continuously changing, presenting our global community with evolving ecological and societal challenges. We’re determined to meet those challenges with innovative and inspiring solutions.”

The fair features 200-plus workshops on sustainable living, renewable energy and energy efficiency. Folks that are looking for topics directly related to agriculture can attend an extended workshop on “Fertile and Healthy Soil in Farming.” There are also opportunities for sustainable-farm and organic-farm tours.

Included in the events are four “interviews” that examine how the market, and practices of clean energy and sustainability, have changed in the United States during the past three decades – including “Perspectives on Changes to Sustainable Farm and Garden Practices.”

One of the highlights this year will be a cooking demonstration at 11 a.m. June 23 from “Around the Farm Table’s” Inga Witscher. There will also be live music all weekend and local food to purchase, along with solar-brewed beer.

Keynote speakers include environmental, societal and economic leaders like geologist and earth historian Naomi Oreskes, whose work, “The Scientific Consensus on Climate Change,” laid to rest the idea that there was significant disagreement in the scientific community about the reality of global warming and its human causes.

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