Right To Farm (RTF) Laws

A Right to Farm (RTF) law sets forth a process to mediate complaints by non-farm neighbors about farming operations and practices.

Article 25AA of New York State Agriculture and Markets law includes an RTF provision which requires the Commissioner of Agriculture and Markets to resolve disputes about farm practices on farm operations within agriculture districts. However, many of these disputes might be resolved more quickly and less expensively at the local level through local Right to Farm legislation.

A number of communities throughout New York state have already adopted Right to Farm Laws, including several Towns here in Washington County.