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Published November 06, 2012, 09:54 PM

North Dakota voters approve farming rights amendment

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota voters have approved a state constitutional amendment protecting farmers' rights.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota voters have approved a state constitutional amendment protecting farmers' rights.

The amendment endorsed Tuesday says the Legislature can't prevent farmers from using agricultural technology and "modern livestock production and ranching practices."

Supporters say the amendment is needed to protect one of North Dakota's most important industries. But opponents say it will block zoning rules and hamper efforts to protect public health and the environment.

North Dakota's two major farm groups split on the proposal. The North Dakota Farm Bureau helped put it on the ballot, while the state Farmers Union opposed it.

Agricultural analysts say no other state has this kind of constitutional provision.

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