Lawmakers close to passing farm ‘rights’ bill

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana lawmakers are moving closer to passing a farming bill that its opponents warn would undermine legal challenges against big agribusinesses.

Republican state Sen. Carlin Yoder of Middlebury contends his bill is needed to protect Indiana farmers from animal rights activists and others who he says are attacking the farming profession in courts.

His measure states in part that Indiana’s policy is “to conserve, protect, and encourage” the development and improvement of agriculture.

But opponents say it contains language that would unfairly favor farmers in lawsuits such as those targeting industrial-scale livestock farms that produce large amounts of manure.

The Indiana Senate approved the bill last month and a House committee endorsed it Thursday, sending it to the full House for consideration as early as this week. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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