BROOKVILLE, Ohio — When he was laid up in the hospital recovering from knee surgery, farmer Ralph Dull picked up a thick notebook dropped off by a friend that detailed how wind generators are being used to produce electricity.

"I had plenty of time to read it," Dull recalled. "And I said, 'That's something we could do.'"

The 79-year-old Dull has since become an Ohio pioneer in green farming and renewable energy, jumping into it with both feet in hopes of increasing energy efficiency, cutting costs and protecting the environment. Dull's practices have drawn visitors that include Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown and Ohio Agriculture Director Robert Boggs.

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