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Bill Exempts Dairy, Swine from ND Anti-Corporate Farm Law

20:04PM Feb 13, 2015

A Jamestown, N.D., lawmaker is pushing a measure that would exempt dairy and swine operations from North Dakota's anti-corporate farming law.

Sen. Terry Wanzek also is a farmer and grew up milking cows. He says dairy and hog farm operations are in serious decline in North Dakota.

Wanzek says his bill is aimed at saving those industries.

The legislation would allow domestic corporations and limited liability companies to operate dairy and hog farms, as long as the operations don't take up more than 640 acres of land.

North Dakota's anti-corporate farming law dates back to 1932. It now allows corporations with as many as 15 shareholders to own farms or ranches, as long as the shareholders are related.