Virginia Farm Bureau Backs Eminent Domain Change

The Virginia Farm Bureau will lobby the 2012 General Assembly to win passage of a constitutional amendment to limit the government's ability to take private land.

The state's largest farm lobby meets Tuesday through Thursday in
Norfolk for its annual convention. Voting delegates will take up the Farm Bureau's 2012 legislative agenda on Wednesday.

Both chambers of the Virginia legislature approved a constitutional amendment in the 2011 session to broaden the state's eminent domain law. If approved in the 2012 session, it would be on the ballot for voters' consideration.

The federation's president, Wayne F. Pryor, said the constitutional amendment would more sharply define what public use is and "ensures more land is not taken than is necessary."

Pryor says farmers "need the land to farm."

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