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Thousands of stories have been shared. Issues brought to light. And even more reason for eminent domain reform.

To date, more than 2,000 testimonials have been shared through the eminent domain survey launched by Texas Farm Bureau (TFB), Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association and the Texas Wildlife Association.

Even more are needed. Because firsthand evidence influences the Texas Legislature.

“We know there are a lot of stories out there about lowball offers and unfair pressure from property takers,” TFB President Russell Boening said.

Share them through the online survey, which can be found at

The questions are geared toward the issue of fair compensation, a component lacking from current eminent domain legislation.

Under the current law, landowners must pay attorney fees out of pocket, never allowing them to truly be made whole. Lowball early offers from some property takers—pipeline companies, public agencies, electric utilities and others—often discourage landowners from appealing because of those legal fees.

Legislation to mitigate those lowball offers make a taking of private property a little more fair.

Contact TFB Associate Legislative Director Marissa Patton at or 512-472-8288 with questions regarding the survey or eminent domain takings.

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