North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has signed into law Senate Bill 605 which directs the state Environmental Management Commission to develop “a general permit for animal operations that includes authorization for the permittee to construct and operate a farm digester system.” The law will also allow preexisting swine farms to construct or renovate farm digester systems if doing so meets several requirements related to capacity and location. The law additionally addresses the formation of voluntary agricultural districts containing animal agriculture facilities to reduce nuisance liability and the scope of local agricultural advisory boards.
North Carolina to Establish Permit Scheme for Manure Digester Systems
West Virginia Bill Would Expand Right to Farm Protections
West Virginia Senate Bill 339 would include storage facilities and urban agricultural operations within the types of agricultural operations that are protected from nuisance lawsuits under the state’s right to farm law.
New York Considers Establishing Right to Farm Within Agricultural Districts
New York Senate Bill 3191 would provide that the use or storage of manure within an agricultural district may not be deemed a public nuisance under local laws restricting farming operations.
Florida Considers Right to Farm Bill
Florida Senate Bill 88 would prohibit holding farms liable for certain tort claims and prohibiting nuisance actions from being filed against farm operations unless specified conditions are met.
Mississippi Considers Protecting Local Agricultural Operations
Mississippi House Bill 588 would prohibit any locality from regulating “animal husbandry practices” or direct to consumer sales of agricultural products and from requiring permits for the non-commercial raising of chickens, rabbits, or goats used for milk.
Indiana Considers Amending Right to Farm Act
Indiana House Bill 17 would amend the state’s right to farm act to provide for guidance as to when an agricultural operation is negligent and to recognize that rights of established landowners should be considered and protected. It would also remove existing language about protecting “the rights of farmers to choose among all generally accepted farming and livestock production practices.”
North Dakota Considers CAFO Odor Regulations
North Dakota House Bill 1115 proposes to limit the amount of noxious odors a concentrated animal feeding operation may discharge and forbid counties and towns from further regulating concentrated animal feeding operations.