31 Aug '14, 12pm

Union Pacific’s Texas Land Grab, Prime Farmland to be stripped from Texans

Railroad giant Union Pacific has some big plans for a tiny Texas community. According to locals in the Brazos River Valley , the railroad company is hoping to turn some of the most fertile farmland in Texas into a massive, 72-line rail yard. Union Pacific’s plan would consume as much as 1,800 acres of farmland in the region, effectively putting numerous family-owned farming operations out of business. The toxic loads that Union Pacific’s trains would be hauling in and out of the area on a daily basis would then threaten the remaining farms in the region. The Brazos River Valley, named after the Brazos River, is considered some of the richest farmland in the state , thanks to the city’s namesake river feeding fresh water and nutrients to the area. Taking this land out of the hands of farmers — many of whom are the descendants of early generation of farm settlers in the area...

Full article: http://www.desmogblog.com/2014/08/31/swapping-farmland-co...

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