A bill has been introduced to regulate solar panels on prime farmland

In an effort to protect U.S. ag land, an Illinois Congressman has introduced a bill to regulate solar panels on prime farmland. Representative Mike Bosst says action needs to be taken in order to protect the ag supply chain.

Bosst tells Brownfield Ag News that the bill came to be after several zoning changes in his home state. He says the Solar Act would create guidelines for USDA-funded solar projects on prime farmland and would require re-mediation if a project is already done.

Boost says if there are not more solar regulations, the industry could impact food security and rural economies. He is hoping to have it submitted during the current legislative session.