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Farm Bureau survey finds strong opposition to eminent domain for private development

Agriculture.com Staff 01/10/2006 @ 8:37am

Americans remain strongly committed to protecting private property from the possibility of eminent domain, according to the results of a nationwide survey released Monday by the American Farm Bureau Federation during the organization's annual convention.

The group says the poll shows, regardless of geographical, partisan and other demographic differences, Americans are unified nearly 2-to-1 against government use of eminent domain to take private property, except in limited circumstances. Such circumstances include when the public at large would clearly benefit from a new road, electric utility or similar project.

Farm Bureau says 83% of Americans oppose the use of eminent domain to further private development initiatives.

The survey is one component of the grassroots Stop Taking Our Property (STOP) campaign initiated by the American Farm Bureau Federation following the ruling in Kelo v. New London, Connecticut.

Seizure for private development was the issue at the heart of that case, which was decided by the U.S. Supreme Court last year. The case made national headlines when the high court ruled that property could be taken from one landowner to advance the economic development efforts of another private entity.

"The Kelo case sent shockwaves through American agriculture," AFBF President Bob Stallman said in a release. "If there is any land type on the outskirts of urban areas that is attractive to developers and vulnerable to government-sponsored seizure, it is our disappearing farmland. This case really sounded a justified alarm in farm country."

In the survey, when respondents were asked about the Kelo ruling, 95% expressed disapproval; of those respondents, 87% said they disagreed strongly with the ruling.

The survey found that 12% of respondants said family farmers should be exempt from eminent domain laws, compared with 9% who support exempting private businesses and 8% who support exempting all landowners.

Those surveyed were more likely to disagree than agree (67%to 24%) that the government is justified in using eminent domain laws against a small number of individuals who refuse to sell property when most of their neighbors agree to sell so a development project may proceed.

The nationwide telephone survey of 1,076 adults was conducted by Zogby International Oct. 29 through Nov. 2, 2005.

Americans remain strongly committed to protecting private property from the possibility of eminent domain, according to the results of a nationwide survey released Monday by the American Farm Bureau Federation during the organization's annual convention.

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