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A Constitutional Right to Farm?

Author: 
Paul Goeringer
Photo by Edwin Remsberg

Note: This post originally appeared in the Delmarva Farmer July 22, 2014, Vol. 39, No. 20.  This post does not also substitute for legal advice.

            State constitutions typically guarantee their citizens freedom of speech, the right to life, liberty, pursuit of happiness, and the right to a jury trial, but what about a right to farm?  In the past few years, a few states in the Midwest have put forward constitutional amendments which enshrine a right to farm in their states’ constitutions.  In 2012, North Dakota voters approved a constitutional amendment guaranteeing just that - a right to farm using modern agricultural technology and practices.  This year, voters in Missouri and Oklahoma will consider constitutional amendments which guarantee farmers in their states a right to farm.

To read more on these constitutional amendments, click here.

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