Bill on farm operations awaits governor's action

Bill on farm operations awaits governor's action

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The Utah Farm Bureau is waiting for Gov. Jon Huntsman to act on a bill approved by the Legislature that would protect farmers from new neighbors who complain about the smells and sounds of agriculture.

Utah Farm Bureau spokesman Todd Bingham says House Bill 27 would prevent neighbors from bringing frivolous lawsuits as urban sprawl encroaches on rural farms.

Bingham cited a lawsuit filed by a couple that didn't like manure specks and alfalfa seeds from an established neighboring farm blowing into their pool.

The League of Women Voters opposes the bill, saying it prevents communities from taking on large agricultural operations that use toxins that can harm the environment.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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