Located in a bean field atop a hill southeast of Valley City is a mechanical piece of alternative energy that farmer Jeff Wurzer hopes will cut his electricity bill in half.
Wurzer had a wind turbine installed on his farmland by Enterprise Sales of Valley City.
The turbine, which converts wind to energy, generating electricity, took under two months to install and is expected to have paid for itself within four years, according to Jack Hanson, solar and wind energy consultant at Enterprise Sales.
Barnes County is one of 16 in the state that have been declared an agricultural disaster by the U.S. Department of Agriculture earlier this week.
David Shea, of the USDAâ€™s Farm Service Agency office in Valley City, said the declaration is based on the countyâ€™s drought level and drought conditions, and opens the door for area farmers to apply for low-interest loans through the FSAâ€™s farm loan program.
â€śTheyâ€™re eligible for emergency loans but they have to qualify for them,â€ť Shea said.