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Interstate Pig Rivalry; Not Sweet

Interstate Pig Rivalry Farmers receive some state-level protections from NIMBYism (not in my backyard) in that someone cannot generally move next to a farm and then complain about odors. However, what about a new pig farm opening next door to a pre-existing landowner? Federal courts have been ruling in favor of the latter. U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) ought to be sympathetic to the farmers since he represents a farm state, but the lawsuits have been in North Carolina, the number two pig-producing state competing with his number one producing state of Iowa. He believes it is a state-level issue. Meanwhile, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Virginia) represents his state’s livestoc...

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