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Monday, February 17, 2014

Environment - "Right to farm" bill close to passage

Rick Callahan's AP story Saturday begins:

An agricultural bill that opponents warn would undermine Indiana residents' legal challenges against large livestock farms is moving closer to passage in the General Assembly.

The bill's author, state Sen. Carlin Yoder, R-Middlebury, says Indiana farmers need protection from animal rights activists and others he said are attacking the farming profession in courts.

His measure states, in part, that Indiana's policy is "to conserve, protect, and encourage" the development and improvement of agriculture for the production of food, fuel and other products. But it also contains language that opponents argue would unfairly favor farmers in lawsuits targeting industrial-scale livestock farms called concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs, that raise thousands of animals and produce large amounts of manure, dust and strong odors.

The Indiana Senate approved the bill last month by 40-8 vote and the House Agriculture and Rural Development Committee endorsed it on a 12-1 vote Thursday, sending it to the full House for consideration as early as this week. * * *

The earliest the House will hear Yoder's bill on second reading is Thursday, said Tory Flynn, a spokeswoman for Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on February 17, 2014 02:03 PM
Posted to Environment