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Inventors imagine a farming future without floods and hail storms wrecking crops

In a small town in Kansas, two inventors are experimenting with a new way of growing food, which they believe could change farming in Kansas and the Midwest.

The duo, David Hinson and Lenny Geist, are using a combination of technologies — solar power, battery storage and rain barrels — to power their massive greenhouses, which will grow fruits, vegetables and feed for livestock.

Farmers have used greenhouses before, but not on this scale. Their initial plan is to farm up to 12 acres of land under glass. They hope to expand to hundreds of acres, once they raise more money.

Hinson has a patent on a solar panel design that’s built into the greenhouse structure and will be able to manage the daily light and shade needed for each type of crop and supply all the energy the greenhouse needs. He also hopes his solar greenhouses can create enough excess energy to power a 5G data center, bringing rural Kansans that much closer to high-speed internet.

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