It appears as though the residents of Missouri have decided that farmers do indeed have the right to farm.

Missouri residents voted 498,751 for and 496,223 against on Aug. 5 adding Amendment 1 to that state’s constitution. According to the Missouri Secretary of State website, the official ballot wording stated “A ‘yes’ vote will amend the Missouri Constitution to guarantee the rights of Missourians to engage in farming and ranching practices, subject to any power given to local government under Article VI of the Missouri Constitution.”

Right to Farms laws have been enacted in every state in the U.S., and they have been enacted to protect U.S. farms against nuisance lawsuits, giving farmers the right to use “generally accepted” practices in agricultural zones without negligence.

National Hog Farmer will have more on this as it develops.