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State Senate Passes Farm Bill

The Indiana Senate has overwhelmingly approved a bill proclaiming the state's commitment to farming.

Senators voted 40-8 for an eight-line bill declaring it's state policy to encourage agriculture, and that farmers have a right to use "generally accepted" practices.

Middlebury Republican Carlin Yoder says he introduced the bill because farmers are being "harassed."

Opponents charge the bill amounts to special protections for agribusiness and will make it harder to hold them accountable for pollution.

Bloomington Democrat Mark Stoops argues the bill would supply a legal trump card to confined animal feeding operations in disputes with neighbors who complain about the smell.