Alan Bailey - American Farmland Trust

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Alan Bailey

Midwest Solar Specialist

Alan Bailey joined AFT in November of 2023 as the Midwest Solar Specialist. Based in Springfield, Illinois, his primary role is implementing AFT’s Smart Solar strategy at the intersection of solar energy production and farmland conservation, primarily in Illinois, Indiana and Iowa. Alan has worked in multiple facets of agriculture in Central Illinois for over 25 years. Prior to AFT he farmed for himself and others, managed local sales & operations for a global ag retailer. He also focused on solar sales within the ag sector for a Michigan based solar installer and developer. Alan also worked for Bayer/Climate as an on-farm senior research assistant, supporting research to strengthen their product modeling and carbon/sustainability sectors. He and his wife operate a business working with a range of producers to bring regenerative practices into large-scale agriculture, focusing on conservation for habitat and water quality improvements. They also operate a talent buying/promotion and live sound business. He also serves as chairperson of the Lake Springfield Watershed Resource group, helping the community and stakeholders improve water quality and decrease soil erosion.

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