About IN-ACRE

Our Mission

The Indiana Agriculture Coalition for Renewable Energy (IN-ACRE) represents and supports Hoosier farmers and rural landowners who support clean energy projects and technology. The coalition promotes a clean energy agenda that prioritizes Hoosier property rights and the family farms that are the backbone of our rural economy.

Across the state and nation, as energy prices climb, farmers are turning more and more to clean energy—from efficient light bulbs to solar panels and wind energy all created from the land.

These improvements can open up new income streams while improving efficiency and profitability. They also help because generating renewable energy and using domestic fuels more efficiently reduces dependence on foreign oil, providing greater local and national energy security.

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IN-ACRE’s work encompasses the following five areas:

  • Inform

Inform growers about clean energy approaches and technologies that can open up new income streams, help them save money, improve energy efficiency and implement energy-saving farming practices. These approaches also protect natural resources and enable growers to produce and use renewable energy.

  • Educate

Educate community members, lawmakers, and local officials to help improve their understanding of clean energy projects, potentially clearing a path for those landowners who want to embrace these opportunities.

  • Facilitate

Facilitate communication between growers and clean energy developers enabling growers to provide input and feedback on clean energy policies related to agricultural siting and land stewardship.

  • Encourage

Encourage growers and landowners to advocate for clean energy projects and policies with stakeholders and policymakers. Foster and fuel a grassroots organization that gives Indiana growers a voice.

  • Showcase

Showcase the environmental stewardship and entrepreneurship that clean energy projects provide in our rural communities by empowering landowners and moving Indiana in a more prosperous direction.

Our Staff

Sarah Beth Aubrey

Founder

Sarah Beth’s mission is to enhance success and profitability in food production systems and in rural communities by building capacity in people. As the founder of IN-ACRE, she brings her twenty years of expertise and experience in the ag industry to the renewable energy + agriculture intersection in Indiana. Her passion for supporting the development of rural communities is a great fit with the mission of IN-ACRE.

Sarah has founded and sold several businesses and advises leaders in the industry on customer engagement, building peer-to-peer networks, sales training, strategic planning, and participates in several advisory roles for clients and organizations.

True to her roots, Sarah Beth and her husband, Cary, live near Monrovia, Indiana, where they operate a small cattle farm.

Travis Murphy

Director of Advocacy & Outreach

As the director of advocacy and outreach for IN-ACRE, Travis focuses on member engagement, recruitment, and developing resources for members.

Previously, Travis worked for the Indiana Office of Energy Development as the chair of the Indiana Wind Working Group (Wind Powering America’s 2009 National Working Group of the Year), the Indiana Solar Energy Working Group (founder), and the Indiana Biomass Working Group, among others.

When he moved into the private sector with Johnson Melloh Solutions as a Business Development Manager, he helped to develop about 22MW of solar power, including the high-profile project at the Indianapolis International Airport, at the time of construction was the largest airport-based solar farm in the world.

Travis has also worked at Duke Energy where he helped launched the Indiana Small Business Energy Savings program, and at Ameresco to develop renewable energy, energy efficiency, and infrastructure renewal projects across Indiana.

Travis recently moved forward with his long-standing dream of owning his own clean energy consultative practice, Clean Energy Blueprint, leveraging his 18-year career in clean energy and natural resources into positive results and relationships for his clients.

Allison May

Business Development Manager

In her role as Business Development Manager, Allison brings to the table her lifelong passion for promoting agriculture and a desire to leave a legacy for future generations. She’ll focus her efforts on bringing agricultural and non-agricultural parties together as part of our broader coalition work. Originally from New Jersey, she currently resides in Greenfield, Indiana and raises Purebred Hereford cattle with her boyfriend, Ray, and daughter, Lena. She is also involved in various volunteer organizations focused on youth development, including the National Hereford Women Board of Directors.

With a diverse background in sales, marketing and consulting, Allison combines real-world agricultural experience and with her unique professional perspective during this critical time in our society. She believes we need to work together with open minds and explore modern opportunities while facilitating more honest and transparent conversations with end-users of our products in order to ensure agriculture’s vital role in today’s society and into the future.