State Law Clearinghouse

State laws, even when the overall issue is the same, vary widely from one state to the next. At the National Agricultural Law Center, one ongoing project is the compilation of all state statutes that exist in specific topics of agricultural law. These compilations range from animal cruelty statutes to laws affecting the recreational use of land to statutory provisions targeted at agritourism operations, and provide a brief snapshot of the wide variety of laws enacted across the nation. At the same time, it allows a researcher to obtain targeted, state-specific information on the issue by providing a complete statutory text along with the date of possible expiration.

While the individual topics and accompanying maps are located in relevant reading rooms and on the publication page, this particular map is a clearinghouse for all of the statutes that have been compiled to date. More compilations will be added as further topics are completed. To use, click on a state, and a drop down menu will appear with the names of the topics of the statutes that have been assembled for that state. From there, simply click on the appropriate statute, and a document will open with the applicable information. A topic missing from a state’s drop down menu indicates that laws on that topic have not yet been passed in that state.

Statute Compilations Posted to Date:
Fence Law
Recreational Use
Right-To-Farm

Click on any state below to see that states’ laws on the topics listed above.