A National AgLaw Center Research Publication

States’ Right-To-Farm Statutes


Elizabeth R. Rumley
Staff Attorney
National Agricultural Law Center

All fifty states have enacted right-to-farm laws that seek to protect qualifying farmers and ranchers from nuisance lawsuits filed by individuals who move into a rural area where normal farming operations exist, and who later use nuisance actions to attempt to stop those ongoing operations. While the overall statutory schemes might be similar, each state has noticeably different content in the specific details of the laws. States’ Right-to-Farm Statutes provides the statutory text of each state’s laws, along with the date of its possible expiration. The primary aim of this compilation is to provide the researcher with easy and free access to a state’s statutory language by simply clicking on the state’s image in the map below. To be directed to the state legislative site where the official language of the statute is maintained, click on the citation above the statutory language.