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Lunch and Learn: Ag Nuisance legislation in other jurisdictions

Nuisances and Normal Farm Practices in Kansas

Land use conflicts are often present in urban, residential and commercial areas. However, they also occur in rural areas.

When Is an Agricultural Activity a Nuisance?
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Roger McEowen, interviewed by Greg Akagi, Kansas AG Network / 580 WIBW, April 18, 2022.

State-level Right-to-farm Laws

Every state has enacted a right-to-farm law that is designed to protect existing agricultural operations by giving farmers and ranchers who meet the legal requirements a defense in nuisance suits.

The basic thrust of a particular state’s right-to-farm law is that it is unfair for a person to move to an agricultural area knowing the conditions which might be present and then ask a court to declare a neighboring farm a nuisance.

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From RFD-TV Market Day Report, September 15, 2020; uploaded with permission.


Lunch and Learn: Normal Farm Practices and Permitted Uses

Nuisances and Normal Farm Practices:

Getting Along with the Neighbours

Normal farm practices:

  • Are consistent with proper and accepted customs and standards as established and followed by similar agricultural operations under similar circumstances.
  • Include the use of innovative technology used with advanced management practices
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Peter Doris, environmental specialist with OMAFRA talking about nuisances and normal farm practices 

Best Management Practices:

Uses Permitted in Prime Agricultural Areas:

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  • an overview of provincial policies and guidance on permitted uses in prime agricultural areas, to inform those new to the topic or to provide a refresher.
  • an opportunity to hear about municipal best practices from municipalities.
  • information on tools that will make it easier to support diversified uses in municipalities.

Balancing Growth and Compatibility:

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Lunch and Learn: Property Assessment and Taxation

Municipal Property Assessment Video Playlist


Lunch and Learn: Provincial Planning

The Impacts of Bill 23 on Agriculture and Planning Webinar:

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A background on agricultural land use planning and farmland loss in Ontario, the challenges, opportunities, and impacts of Bill 23.

Farmland loss statistics in Ontario are reviewed, as well as learning about recent provincial housing initiatives and how these impact agriculture.

  • Background and changes to farm loss and urban development
  • Third-party appeals
  • Development charges
  • Conservation Authorities

Changes to Bill 23 After Lobbying Efforts

Bill 136, Greenbelt Statute Law Amendment Act, 2023

The Bill amends the Greenbelt Act, 2005 to restore the 15 parcels of land that were redesignated or removed from the Greenbelt in late 2022. The Greenbelt Statute Law Amendment Act, 2023, ensures any future boundary changes are made through an open, public and transparent legislative process.

Bill 150, Planning Statute Law Amendment Act, 2023

The Bill reverses provincial changes made in November 2022 and April 2023 to official plans and official plan amendments in 12 municipalities: the cities of Barrie, Belleville, Guelph, Hamilton, Ottawa, and Peterborough, Wellington County, and the regional municipalities of Halton, Niagara, Peel, Waterloo and York. The reversal includes changes to urban boundaries while maintaining protections for the Greenbelt.


Lunch and Learn: Shared funding programs

History of Farm Programs in Canada:

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History of Business Risk Management in Canada:

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CAP Funding AgriStability & AgriInvest Webinar:

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Managing AgriInvest Webinar:

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Lunch and Learn: Business Structures

Tax and Business Legal Structures of Canadian Farms Webinar:

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Lunch and Learn: Food & Farming in Canada

Farm & Food Care Learning Video Playlist: