The Mississippi Supreme Court issued a ruling on May 6 in a Right to Farm case from the Madison County Chancery Court. The case involved two farmers who were using air cannons for deer depredation. Their neighbors, who argued the noise was a nuisance, sued them. The Mississippi Supreme Court found that because the farms were in existence for more than a year, Mississippi’s Right to Farm statute barred the nuisance action.
In 2009, Mississippi’s Right to Farm statute was updated. Now, an agricultural operation in existence for a year or longer is protected from a nuisance action if “the operation is in compliance with all applicable state and federal permits.”
This is the first time Mississippi’s Right to Farm statute has made it before the state’s high court since its amendment in 2009, and is a huge win for Mississippi’s farmers and ranchers. As less people farm and more people move to the country, it is critical farms are able to continue to feed, clothe and shelter the world.