BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) _ North Dakota voters have approved a state
constitutional amendment protecting farmers' rights.
The amendment endorsed Tuesday says the Legislature can't
prevent farmers from using agricultural technology and ``modern
livestock production and ranching practices.''
Supporters say the amendment is needed to protect one of North
Dakota's most important industries. But opponents say it will block
zoning rules and hamper efforts to protect public health and the
North Dakota's two major farm groups split on the proposal. The
North Dakota Farm Bureau helped put it on the ballot, while the
state Farmers Union opposed it.
Agricultural analysts say no other state has this kind of