Raleigh – January 21, 2015
Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler releases statement
on use of eminent domain by CSX in Johnston County
Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler today released the following statement regarding the use of eminent domain by CSX to acquire land for a shipping hub in Johnston County:
“I had no previous knowledge of this project until I learned about it in the press, and I came out of my seat when I saw that eminent domain could be used to acquire the land for it. The proposed transportation hub is a major step for North Carolina, but not at the expense of private property rights.
“I’ve long been an advocate for conserving working farms in North Carolina. They are an extremely valuable part of our economy. Some of the farms that would be affected by the CSX hub have been in the same family for a century or more, and these landowners deserve to make their own decisions about the future of their land, not have the decision forced upon them by a private company.”
Troxler spoke publicly about the issue earlier in the day at the annual meeting of the N.C. Sweet Potato Commission in Clinton.