Know Your Property Rights for Utilities

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Corn's up around the Windfarms
Garrett Thalgott, IFB General Counsel, will discuss property rights pertaining to construction of utilities and other structures on farmland at a Property Rights meeting Feb. 6.

Solar and wind energy contracts, pipeline and utility easements got you thinking? 

As a landowner, learn all about the ramifications involving structures on your property at a Farm Bureau meeting.

Farm Bureau has arranged a Property Rights meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 6 at the DeKalb County Farm Bureau. It’s a breakfast meeting starting at 8 a.m. in the Farm Bureau Auditorium.

Garrett Thalgott, attorney with the Illinois Farm Bureau, will cover solar and wind energy contracts, pipeline and utility easements, telecommunication lines, information on trespassing laws, and other property rights issues.

Thalgott will provide information on the Agricultural Impact Mediation Agreement (AIMA) which is required for wind farms and customary for transmission lines and pipelines. He will also offer a checklist of farmland issues with agreements to consider such as mitigating damage to farmland, appointment of an ag inspector during construction, incorporating AIMA into your lease, attorney fees, and compensation.

Thalgott is with the Illinois Agricultural Association Office of General Counsel. He is a frequent speaker on topics related to agricultural law such as farmland leases, utility easements, and environmental issues.

Registration is required by Feb. 5 at the Farm Bureau office, 815-756-6361. There is no charge to attend. This meeting is for Farm Bureau members only.

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