Farmer’s Rights Bill Goes to House Next Week

Farm groups say the bill is needed to protect the industry from attack by environmental and animal-rights activists.

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The one-paragraph bill says laws "shall be construed to protect the rights of farmers to choose among all generally accepted farming and livestock production practices."

The House could vote next week to send a farmers’ rights bill to Governor Pence’s desk.

The House Agriculture Committee gave a 12-1 endorsement to a bill declaring farmers have a right to use any “generally accepted” farming practices.

Farm groups say the bill is needed to protect the industry from attack by environmental and animal-rights activists.

A Hoosier Environmental Council attorney says many legal farm practices, from confined feeding operations to genetically modified crops, should be open to scrutiny.

The Indiana Farm Bureau says the bill doesn’t order judges to rule a certain way — it just ensures the legislature’s original intent is honored.

The one-paragraph bill says laws  ”shall be construed to protect the rights of farmers to choose among all generally accepted farming and livestock production practices.”

South Bend Democrat Patrick Bauer cast the only no vote. The Senate already approved the measure 40-8.

  • lastcamp2

    The existing laws regarding trespass are quite clear and quite sufficient. All anyone has to do for “criminal trespass” is to post a sign that denies entry, or take some other form of simple steps. And to protect under the laws of civil trespass, you don’t even have to do that. And you are always free to deny people entry, or require that the leave under the law. All you have to do is say so.
    But it is politically expedient for politicians to go about creating straw dogs in the pursuit of non-problems. It makes it appear they are actually doing something useful, whether they are or not, and it satisfies the whining of the special interests who lobby them.

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