A family dairy farm in Rainville, Vermont may lose their land to the federal government in the name of protecting the US-Canada border. The Rainville family, who has owned and farmed this land since the 1940s, is being threatened with an eminent domain land grab if they don't sell 4.9 acres of their hayfields to the government for $39,500, reports Boston.com.
It's a sleepy border crossing in the middle of nowhere, and the Rainvilles say that they need the land to grow hay to feed their cows, and that it is worth more than the sale price. The Rainvilles are already barely breaking even. A small dairy farm has enough to contend with without losing hayfields to the government. To me this is such a strange situation. As a Vermont resident, I'm contacting my senators and representative about it. I'm all for security, but there must be another way to do it without hurting a farmer's livelihood in the process.