Power Companies Forced to Buy Organic Dairy Farm

August 16, 2014 03:01 AM

Power companies building a large power transmission line in Minnesota are being forced to buy an entire 138-acre organic dairy farm, despite the fact the only one tower rests on less than an acre of the farm. The farm could be valued at $1.4 million.

Under Minnesota’s unique "buy the farm" law, utilities can be compelled to buy entire farms if crossing the farm affects the entire farm and if the farm owners wish to sell. Dave and Florence Minar, who graze 130 dairy cows on the land, say the power line could harm their cows and turn customers away. The farm is located near New Prague south of Minneapolis. 

The power companies have not yet decided whether they will appeal the case. You can read more on the Associated Press story here.


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