To help pay fees associated with protecting Sandy Creek and the neighboring community
Purchase as much as you can from local sustainable farms. Show your preference when shopping, demand is what drives supply. If consumers demand fresh sustainable meat and produce, local sustainable farms will flourish and the end will come to factory farming.
Voice your concerns to the Marshall County Board members. Click the link below to see the list and contact information for all the Marshall County Board members.
House Bill 5637 would change the LMFA (Livestock Management Facilities Act) so that county boards have the authority to refuse new factory farm proposals and neighboring residents have the right to call for public hearings on new applications. Local citizens would also have the right to challenge IDOA siting decisions if a factory farm proposal does not meet the requirements of the law. The bill would also increase siting setbacks from towns, neighboring residences and waterways since factory farm pollution rarely remains within the confines of the property on which these facilities are located. Write your legislators and ask them to support the bill. This bill will give more rights to the individual counties. Right now the Department of Ag can approve even without the county's consent, this needs to be changed. Click the links below to read the House Bill and find your Illinois representatives. Here is a sample message you may use to contact your representatives:
Sign the petition to get Illinois to change the Livestock Management Facilities Act to protect it's rural residents. Follow the link to sign the petition and watch a short video of the damage factory farms can do.