Your rights under condemnation in Missouri
Each year federal, state and local government units condemn many acres of land. Farmers and others faced with this prospect must be familiar with the meaning and procedures of condemnation. Condemnation refers to the legal power of the government to take private property for public use. The government acquires such property under the power of eminent domain. For example, a governmental agency might acquire a strip of land from you to construct a new highway, but you will be paid for it. This process is called condemnation, regardless of whether actual court action is involved.
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