Energy projects generally require land and many of our members have, at some point, been engaged in easement negotiations related to pipelines, transmission lines, solar or wind farms. Easement represent obligations for landowners and tenants that usually last for over 20 years and they have the potential to dramatically alter the way land can be used. Consequently, easement negotiations must be taken seriously. There has been a recent renewed interest from developers and, as with other projects, you should not sign any agreement with a developer without performing a comprehensive analysis of the agreement and each and every provision that it contains. Landowners should seek the advice of a competent attorney, one with experience negotiating easements, before signing any documents. Stephenson County Farm Bureau is hosting a landowner informational meeting on wind projects on Tuesday, September 20 at 7:00p.m. at the Stephenson County Farm Bureau office, 210 West Spring Street, Freeport, IL. Garrett Thalgot, attorney with the Illinois Agricultural Association Office of General Counsel, will present information related to projects and easement considerations. This program is limited to Illinois Farm Bureau members. To register call 815-232-3186.