In 2012, North Dakota approved the right to farm amendments as voted by citizens. Missouri approved the same in 2014. The report, sourced from http://huffingtonpost.com/ indicated that in 2016, Oklahoma sixty percent of voters casted their ballots to reject the amendment of the right to farm by approximately 300,000 counts. The Oklahoma revision included an additional requirement for lawmakers in the State to appear in court for legislations on farming, water quality, animal cruelty or GMOs. The long process was deemed by voters.
The win was also supported by animal welfare enthusiast, unions of environmentalists and other organizations in opposition of the amendment. According to these opponents, the revision would have disabled any amended laws os the state’s farmers in future.
The right to farm amendment would have had a couple of restrictions on the farmers under the Oklahoma State constitution. The farmers and ranchers would be restricted from utilizing farming technology, practicing livestock keeping or ranching until the state justified the practices.
As a result, the statehouse voted in mass agreement to put the regulation question on the ballot for voters to decide. The director of Oklahoma Sierra Club, Johnson Bridgewater, that the amendment would have adverse effects on farmers and the connected community parties. He noted that the new regulations would override the law and a right to farm law that was passed decades ago in Oklahoma as well as in other 50 states. Johnson explained that the pre-existing first right to farm laws protected small scale farmers from overwhelming court charges. He however added to say that large scale farmers and businesses have taken advantage of the protection to avoid following regulations.
Joe Maxwell, the Director of HSUS Legislative Fund was impressed by the effort of united organizations such as HSUS, InterTribal Council of the Five Civilized Tribes, non Profit organizations and other farming unions. He said that the unity raised awareness to farmers to cast their votes. He expressed his wish for future caution in attempts to change the legislative rights of farmers. The Oklahoma Farm Bureau President commented that the bureau’s effort will not cease leading the amendment efforts until the farmers and ranchers earn protection from the revised laws. Recently, increasing number of States such as West Virginia and Indiana are introducing the ballot option for voters to decide on the right to farm regulations.