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Farm group opposes eminent domain for trail system

A southeast Idaho city’s potential use of eminent domain to acquire easements to complete a languishing, 23-mile trail system is being opposed by a major farm group.

Officials with the Bannock County Farm Bureau tell the Idaho State Journal they will challenge any attempt to use eminent domain to complete the trails in and around Pocatello proposed by the Portneuf Greenway Foundation.

The Bannock County Farm Bureau is part of the Idaho Farm Bureau Federation, which opposes the use of eminent domain for recreational purposes.

But Greenway officials say there is much more support than opposition for the Greenway that they say will improve the city and benefit economic development.

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