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"Agricultural operation" defined
Sec. 1. As used in this chapter, "agricultural operation" includes any facility used for the production of crops, livestock, poultry, livestock products, poultry products, or horticultural products or for growing timber.
As added by P.L.2-2002, SEC.15.
Sec. 3. As used in this chapter, "locality" means the following:
(1) For purposes of section 9 of this chapter, the specific area of land upon which an:
(A) agricultural operation; or
(B) industrial operation;
(2) For purposes of section 10 of this chapter, the following:
(A) The specific area of land upon which a public use airport operation is conducted.
(B) The airport imaginary surfaces as described in IC 8-21-10-8.
(3) For purposes of section 11 of this chapter, the specific area of land upon which a forestry operation is conducted.
As added by P.L.2-2002, SEC.15. Amended by P.L.82-2005, SEC.3.
Agricultural and industrial operations; findings; continuity of operations; circumstances in which nuisance does not exist
Sec. 9. (a) This section does not apply if a nuisance results from the negligent operation of an agricultural or industrial operation or its appurtenances.
(b) The general assembly declares that it is the policy of the state to conserve, protect, and encourage the development and improvement of its agricultural land for the production of food and other agricultural products. The general assembly finds that when nonagricultural land uses extend into agricultural areas, agricultural operations often become the subject of nuisance suits. As a result, agricultural operations are sometimes forced to cease operations, and many persons may be discouraged from making investments in farm improvements. It is the purpose of this section to reduce the loss to the state of its agricultural resources by limiting the circumstances under which agricultural operations may be deemed to be a nuisance.
(c) For purposes of this section, the continuity of an agricultural or industrial operation shall be considered to have been interrupted when the operation has been discontinued for more than one (1) year.
(d) An agricultural or industrial operation or any of its appurtenances is not and does not become a nuisance, private or public, by any changed conditions in the vicinity of the locality after the agricultural or industrial operation, as the case may be, has been in operation continuously on the locality for more than one (1) year if the following conditions exist:
(1) There is no significant change in the type of operation. A significant change in the type of agricultural operation does not include the following:
(A) The conversion from one type of agricultural operation to another type of agricultural operation.
(B) A change in the ownership or size of the agricultural operation.
(i) enrollment; or
(ii) reduction or cessation of participation;
of the agricultural operation in a government program.
(D) Adoption of new technology by the agricultural operation.
(2) The operation would not have been a nuisance at the time the agricultural or industrial operation began on that locality.
As added by P.L.2-2002, SEC.15. Amended by P.L.23-2005, SEC.1.