The purpose of eminent domain is for public use, not for private profit. At least that’s the way it used to be until, as the Wikipedia Encyclopedia points out, the courts began to show “deference to the determinations of Congress, and even more so to the determinations of state legislatures, in regard to what constitutes ‘public use.’”

I bring this up because I know that one of a farmer’s biggest fears is that someday a corporation or company will come in and want to plow through his property, overturning the top soil and trenching up the underlying clay or glacial soil. As to putting the soil back in its original condition, the farmer knows that that strip of land will not produce the same for years to come, if ever.

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