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Understanding the environmental laws and regulations for your farm or ranch

On Behalf of | Aug 25, 2021 | Ag Law |

Texas industrial farms are businesses. Even those who enjoy the farming more than the paperwork must admit they need to attend to it at some point. In addition, there are numerous rules, regulations and laws that farms must comply with in order to avoid entanglements with government agencies in charge of oversight.

Farm owners could most likely benefit from professional assistance to ensure they are compliant with all existing regulations – in order to make sure they do not end up at odds with one or more oversight agency.

Air quality requirements

For instance, the United States requires all farms to meet certain agricultural air emissions standards. Fertilizer and/or manure give off ammonia, which could have repercussions to the environment. This chemical byproduct of farming could create destructive algae blooms, reduce water quality of ponds and lakes as well as cause respiratory problems in humans.

The government provides farmers with the resources and information they need to minimize ammonia and other airborne emissions produced on their farms. The information and resources apply to both crop and livestock production. Having the right tools could help avoid violating environmental requirements. It would also make sense to obtain as thorough an understanding as possible of what those requirements are.

Industrial farms employ science as much as natural processes, but they may also need other assistance. When it comes to business issues such as compliance with environmental and other agricultural laws, it may prove invaluable to work with a business law attorney who can help research the regulations, rules and laws that pertain to a particular operation – including how to maintain compliance. Moreover, if a dispute does arise, it would be wise to have an advocate to work with.

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