WWALS Watershed Coalition advocates for conservation and stewardship of the Withlacoochee, Willacoochee, Alapaha, Little, Santa Fe, and Suwannee River watersheds in south Georgia and north Florida through education, awareness, environmental monitoring, and citizen activities.
Farmers and other rural property owners have the right to use and
enjoy their private properties. But a bill supported by corporate
agricultural lobbyists will change the long standing Right to Farm
Act. This 30 year old law has protected family farmers and property
rights of Georgians for decades.
HB 545 restricts landowners’ rights to protect their property values
and quality of life if a new industrial agricultural operation moves
in and causes a nuisance.
HB 545 weakens Georgia’s long-standing
Right to Farm Act.
HB 545 says that no agricultural facility may be sued for nuisance
if it has been “in operation” for at least 2 years—even if the
nuisance-causing activity hasn’t started or impacted neighbors yet.
And even if the neighbors were there first! This turns 35 years of
Right to Farm law on its head.
Today I got an automated notice from FDEP about a wastewater permit for Suwannee Farms,
and a WWALS member sent a picture of this auction sign saying “HUGE PRODUCE & ROW CROP FARM COMPLETE LIQUIDATION” next to a bigger sign saying Suwannee Farms.
This is in Suwannee County near the Suwannee River.
I called DeMottAuction.com and asked if the land was also for sale.
They said they weren’t selling the land, only equipment.
Which of course doesn’t mean that the land is not for sale;
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