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Bill would protect farms from nuisance suits?

While their case is pending in the Idaho Supreme Court, state lawmakers are considering legislation designed to make it more difficult for citizens to file lawsuits to stop the expansion of such feedlots or protest farming methods that create noise or stir up dust and offensive odors. Lawmakers in several other states are considering similar measures.

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

Dean Dimond has no difficulty imagining how a massive feedlot could affect his livelihood. He has only to gaze across the fence line on his farm in the heart of Idaho's dairy country to envision the dust and odors an industrial farm big enough to handle 13,000 cows could generate.

Dimond, 38, who raises cattle, hay, grain and corn on 450 acres near Jerome, is one of a handful of residents fighting a proposal to put a confined animal feeding operation, or CAFO, next to his land.

While their case is pending in the Idaho Supreme Court, state lawmakers are considering legislation designed to make it more difficult for citizens to file lawsuits to stop the expansion of such feedlots or protest farming methods that create noise or stir up dust and offensive odors. Lawmakers in several other states are considering similar measures.

For more, see: Idaho bill would protect farms from nuisance suits

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