Call Your Local Farm Bureau Representatives
The Illinois Farm Bureau is gearing up for its annual meeting that will take place in December. Last year, they supported a resolution to support CO2 pipelines from ethanol plants. This action deviated from their official policy on eminent domain, which is to oppose the use of eminent domain for private projects. Navigator CO2 Ventures and Wolf Carbon Solutions are both private companies that will profit handsomely if their projects are approved.
County farm bureaus needs to hear from farmers like you. That way, they can report to the Illinois Farm Bureau that farmers along CO2 pipeline routes do NOT want these companies to receive eminent domain authority to take your land, if these projects are approved by the Illinois Commerce Commission. So what area we asking you to do? During the month of August, please call your county farm bureau president AND your farm bureau manager. You can find their phone numbers in the list below - OR, in the directory that is posted on this site.
You don't have to say a lot. We are asking you to call and:
- Identify who you are, and whether or not you are a member of the farm bureau.
- Explain that you are concerned that Navigator and Wolf will be approved by the Illinois Commerce Commission, which will give them eminent domain authority.
- Share that your think Navigator and Wolf should NOT be allowed to proceed with their projects, because the federal government (Pipeline Hazardous Materials and Safety Administration) have not completed rulemaking that will improve safety and oversight of CO2 pipelines.
- Ask the farm bureau manager or the county farm bureau president to ask the Illinois Farm Bureau to support a moratorium on CO2 pipelines until the rulemaking is finished.
- Ask the county farm bureau manager or president to tell the Illinois Farm Bureau to stop supporting these private projects, which are funded by our taxpayer dollars, and instead return to their policy of opposing projects for private gain.
- Add anything else you think is relevant or of concern to you.
And that's it! The county farm bureaus will discuss these calls during their meetings and will, we hope, relay these concerns to Bloomington.
These calls are part of a larger effort that is being carried out by coalition members. In September, we will send postcards and letters to the county farm bureaus and potentially to Governor Pritzker. Let us know what ind of response you received by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for taking action!!
The following information is the latest obtained by the Coalition. We will provide updates when we have them.
Shawn Valter, Manager
(217) 222-7305 - email@example.com
Brent Clair, President
(217) 257-9963 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Kathy Knight, Manager
(217) 773-2634 - email@example.com
Jon M. Boylen, President
(217) 772-2634 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Cass-Morgan Farm Bureau
Lindsay McQueen, Manager
(217) 245-6833 - email@example.com
Wesley White, President
(217) 370-8248 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Christian County Farm Bureau
Alec Myers, Farm Bureau Certified Manager
217.824.2940 - email@example.com
Matthew Heberling, President
(217) 827-9194 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Fulton County Farm Bureau
Elaine Stone, Manager
(309) 547-3011 - email@example.com
Barry Fisher, President
Hancock County Farm Bureau
Libbie Pollock, Manager
(217) 357-3141 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Bryan Stevens, President
(217) 357-3141 - email@example.com
Henry County Farm Bureau
Katie Laleman, Manager
(309) 937-2411 - firstname.lastname@example.org
(309) 936-7118 - email@example.com
Knox County Farm Bureau
Hailey Weyhrich, Manager
309.342-2036 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Beau Bewley, President
(309) 208-0786 - email@example.com
McDonough County Farm Bureau
Katie Dowling, Manager
(309) 837-3350 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Colby Hunt, President
(309) 224-7447 - email@example.com
Pike / Scott Farm Bureau
Jenna Morrow, Manager
(217) 285-2233 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Kim Curry, President
(217) 833 -2482 - email@example.com
Sangamon County Farm Bureau
Jim Birge, Manager
217.753-5200 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Adan Bailey, President
(217) 753-5200 - email@example.com
Schuyler County Farm Bureau
(217) 322-4353 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris Vogler, President
(217) 371-2830 - email@example.com
Not along Navigator's Route?
If you are along ADM/ Wolf Carbon Solutions route, click this link to find information on county farm bureaus in Rock Island, Henry, Knox, Stark, Peoria, Tazwell, Logan,McLean, Dewitt,Macon and Piatt. Two of these (Henry and Knox) would also be affected by Navigator's CO2 pipeline.