livestock agriculture

Bill Knight – May 22
1:36 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Ag Gag to Hide Food-Related Problems

Piglets
Credit Harvest Public Media

As recently reported, Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea killed millions of piglets in 27 states this year. Possibly originating in China, Iowa farmers were hurt the worst.

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Illinois Supreme Court Ruling
11:53 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Country Living and Livestock Farms

Moo!
Credit Rich Egger

Beware if you've ever considered moving near a farm in Illinois. A new decision by the Illinois Supreme Court reaffirms a state law that blocks nuisance lawsuits against farmers.

The case involves the Roger and Bobbie Toftoy, who moved into a new house across from a cattle farm. They found the flies to be so bad that they sometimes could not go outside.

They sued and won, and a judge told the farmers to fix the problem. But on appeal, the cattlemen argued they were protected under an Illinois law meant to encourage farming.

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Ag Gag Law
10:19 am
Tue March 13, 2012

Stifling Undercover Investigations at Illinois Farms

Jim Sacia
Photo from the Illinois General Assembly website

Recording at a farm or livestock facility without the permission of the owner would be illegal under a proposal in the Illinois House.

Representative Jim Sacia (R-Winnebago County) sponsored the measure (HB 5143). He said farmers know what's best for their animals.

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