After a strongly worded demand from all of the Missouri agriculture community, the Grain Belt Express has agreed to follow the eminent domain law passed this past session as it builds its Tiger Connector line through Audrain, Callaway, and Monroe Counties.
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"The issue at hand in the legislature these many years, what was the fundamental question? Is it right for eminent domain to be used for private gain? Farmers, ranchers and landowners will unequivocally say that is not right," Garret Hawkins, president of the Missouri Farm Bureau, said.
Gov. Mike Parson signed into law this weekend greater protections for Missouri’s farm and ranch families in certain eminent domain proceedings.
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"We will not rest until meaningful safeguards are in place to protect landowners in the path of Grain Belt Express and similar projects."