SUBSTITUTE HOUSE BILL 1954







                        52nd Legislature

                      1991 Regular Session



Passed by the House March 20, 1991

  Yeas 97   Nays 0




Speaker of the

       House of Representatives


Passed by the Senate April 9, 1991

  Yeas 38   Nays 9




President of the Senate












Governor of the State of Washington



I, Alan Thompson, Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives of the State of Washington, do hereby certify that the attached is SUBSTITUTE HOUSE BILL 1954 as passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate on the dates hereon set forth.




                                      Chief Clerk











                        Secretary of State   

                       State of Washington  




                            SUBSTITUTE HOUSE BILL 1954





                     Passed Legislature - 1991 Regular Session



State of Washington              52nd Legislature             1991 Regular Session


By House Committee on Agriculture & Rural Development (originally sponsored by Representatives Rayburn, Nealey, McLean, R. Johnson, Chandler, Kremen, D. Sommers, Ballard, Roland, Bowman, Grant, Inslee, Rasmussen and Sheldon).


Read first time March 1, 1991.Changing conditions and limitations on agricultural nuisances.

     AN ACT Relating to agricultural nuisances; and amending RCW 7.48.305 and 7.48.310.




     Sec. 1.  RCW 7.48.305 and 1979 c 122 s 2 are each amended to read as follows:

     Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, agricultural activities conducted on farmland, if consistent with good agricultural practices and established prior to surrounding nonagricultural activities, are presumed to be reasonable and ((do)) shall not be found to constitute a nuisance unless the activity has a substantial adverse effect on the public health and safety.

     If that agricultural activity is undertaken in conformity with federal, state, and local laws and regulations, it is presumed to be good agricultural practice and not adversely affecting the public health and safety, and as such shall not be restricted as to the time during which it may be conducted.

     Nothing in this section shall affect or impair any right to sue for damages.


     Sec. 2.  RCW 7.48.310 and 1979 c 122 s 3 are each amended to read as follows:

     As used in RCW 7.48.305:

     (1) "Agricultural activity" means a condition or activity which occurs on a farm in connection with the commercial production of farm products and includes, but is not limited to, ((the growing or raising of horticultural and viticultural crops, berries, poultry, livestock, grain, mint, hay, and dairy products)) marketed produce at roadside stands or farm markets; noise; odors; dust; fumes; operation of machinery and irrigation pumps; movement, including, but not limited to, use of current county road ditches, streams, rivers, canals, and drains, and use of water for agricultural activities; ground and aerial application of seed, fertilizers, conditioners, and plant protection products; employment and use of labor; roadway movement of equipment and livestock; protection from damage by wildlife; prevention of trespass; construction and maintenance of buildings, fences, roads, bridges, ponds, drains, waterways, and similar features and maintenance of streambanks and watercourses; and conversion from one agricultural activity to another.

     (2) "Farm" means the land, buildings, freshwater ponds, freshwater culturing and growing facilities, and machinery used in the commercial production of farm products.

     (3) "Farmland" means land or freshwater ponds devoted primarily to the production, for commercial purposes, of livestock, freshwater aquacultural, or other agricultural commodities.

     (4) "Farm product" means those plants and animals useful to humans and includes, but is not limited to, forages and sod crops, dairy and dairy products, poultry and poultry products, livestock, including breeding, grazing, and recreational equine use, fruits, vegetables, flowers, seeds, grasses, trees, freshwater fish and fish products, apiaries, equine and other similar products, or any other product which incorporates the use of food, feed, fiber, or fur.