Back in September I wrote about farm protection laws. In case you missed that post, farm protection laws, or “ag gag” laws as they are referred to by activists, generally criminalize the undercover investigation of agricultural operations, no matter the intent of the individual. Some states’ laws require that the individual have the intent to damage the business, while other farm protection laws do not. One of the underlying themes to many of the farm protection laws is deterring dishonest employees or employment that has ulterior motives. For example, an activist applies for a job at a poultry facility but actually privately films activities that go on in the day-to-day operations. This would be an instance that farm protection laws aim to prevent or hinder since it undermines the business. Even though Maryland does not have a farm protection law, there are other ways to be proactive in protecting the integrity of your operation.Read More
This article was first published in the Delmarva Farmer, September 29 Edition.
A Federal judge ruled against Idaho Code Section 18-7042, otherwise known as an “ag gag” law on August 3, 2015. This highly anticipated ruling came after months of debate and analysis. Idaho’s law is the first of its kind to be found unconstitutional.Read More
Originally published in the Delmarva Farmer Sept. 22nd edition.
The agriculture community calls them farm protection laws. Animal activists refer to them as “ag gag” laws. No matter what you call them, they are at the forefront of media headlines and courtrooms. Farm protection policy is playing a huge role in the agriculture industry, making a strong comeback in popularity since the early 1990’s. What are these laws? Most recently, farm protection laws generally criminalize the undercover investigation of agricultural operations, no matter the intent of the individual. Some states’ laws require that the individual have the intent to damage the business, while other farm protection laws do not.Read More