Assembly approves Hunterdon Assemblyman DiMaio’s measure strengthening Right to Farm Act and protecting farmers from frivolous legal action

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New Jersey farmers are protected from expensive frivolous lawsuits with a bill approved today by the General Assembly. Assemblyman John DiMaio sponsors the bill (A4847) allowing farmers to collect legal expenses in Right to Farm Act disputes.

“Farmers can be doing everything by the book, yet someone with an axe to grind slaps them with legal action,” said DiMaio (R-Warren). “Rather than working in the fields or tending to the livestock, the farmer must invest significant time and money to defend against petty accusations. In warrantless cases, the farmer will be able to recover the cost of legal representation.”

The bill also clarifies that when a farmer legally kills wild animals which threaten crops or livestock it does not fall under the state’s animal cruelty law.

“If people know they could be responsible for paying the bill, they might think twice about attacking farmers with petty, meritless legal challenges,” said DiMaio. “Farmers are guaranteed the right to farm in this state.”