County Right-to-Farm Ordinances in California: An Assessment of Impact and Effectiveness

AIC Issues Brief Number 15, May 2001

By: , Matthew Wacker

Farmland Protection 

This briefing paper from the University of California’s Agricultural Issues Center reviewed 15 county-adopted right-to-farm ordinances and their implementation to determine the effectiveness of this tool in protecting agricultural operations and reducing farm-urban edge conflicts. The study found that specific disclosure requirements and their implementation were the most effective element of these ordinances, and notes that they can be an important part of an overall strategy for achieving a more peaceful coexistence of agricultural and urban neighbors.