House Agriculture committee to consider more protections for farmers, livestock - Vermont Daily Chronicle

The Vermont House Agriculture and Forestry Committee may take up bills to enhance legal protections for both farmers and their livestock.

“Nuisance lawsuits – H.232 says “no action for nuisance shall be brought against a farmer lawfully conducting agricultural activities.” Co-sponsored by five of the nine committee members – two Democrats, two Republicans, and independent Norris – this bill adds legal protection for the farmer with litigious neighbors who dislike noisy farm machinery, smelly manure, slow tractors, etc.. Note: If marijuana cultivation is legalized, H232 also might protect farmers from complaints of its pungent, sickly-sweet smell. Beefing up right-to-farm laws are part of a national push by farm advocacy groups, including the Farm Bureau.

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