What to Expect When You Live Near a Farm

Ohio farmers make their living from the land by being good stewards. Farmers protect the environment and conserve precious natural resources by using best management practices.

Dust, odors, crop protectant applications and late-night farming are just a few of the examples of the annoyances you may encounter. Farmers sometimes work around the clock. Often, that work involves the use of large farm equipment. Daytime and nighttime peace and quiet may be occasionally interrupted by common agricultural practices, especially during the spring and fall field work seasons.

Planting, harvesting and other operations can result in dust, especially during dry and windy weather. That dust can easily invade your home and vehicles.

Some farmers occasionally burn their ditches and grassy areas to keep them free of weeds or to promote growth of native plants. This burning may create smoke that you could find objectionable.

Fertilizers and crop protectants are used in growing many of Ohio’s abundant and healthy crops. These products are applied by licensed applicators who take precautions to properly handle and apply them. Learning more about the safety of these products can be as simple as contacting the Ohio State University Extension office in your county.

At certain times, farm animals and manure can cause objectionable odors. Farmers use best management practices and best available technologies to limit that odor and follow government guidelines during field application to minimize odor. Manure serves as a valuable source of organic fertilizer, and its use lowers dependency on synthetic nutrients.

Ohio law protects established farm operations that use best management practices from nuisance complaints and lawsuits. It helps enable farmers to responsibly produce the food and fiber to feed, clothe and house our nation and the world.

For more information, contact your local OSU Extension office or county Farm Bureau office.