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Right-to-farm laws have been in the news this summer. North Carolina has seen multi-million dollar verdicts against Smithfield Foods for nuisances caused by hogs farm contracting with Smithfield. At the same time this summer, Iowa has seen a challenge to overturn prior rulings that the state’s right-to-farm is unconstitutional in certain situations. In Honomichi, the Iowa challenge involves two hog farms that neighboring landowners claimed negligent operation and nuisances. The district court agreed that with the neighbors that Iowa’s right-to-farm law was unconstitutionally in this case. On appeal, the Iowa Supreme Court agreed with the hog farms that the district court had failed to apply any facts to the claim the law was unconstitutional. The decision was reversed and sent back to the district court.Read More