State lawmakers gave second round approval to LB 227 this week. The bill was introduced by Sen. Dan Hughes of Venango, at the request of Nebraska Farm Bureau and other agriculture groups to boost protections for farms and ranches against nuisance suits. The amended version of the bill senators will consider for final passage will continue agriculture’s “first in time” protections that prevent an individual or entity from moving next to an agriculture operation and filing a nuisance suit based on the operation’s normal farming practices. The amended version further establishes a statute of limitation whereby a change in farming practices could only be considered a nuisance if the individual or entity files a nuisance lawsuit within a two-year window of claiming a nuisance situation exists. Passage of LB 227 in one of Nebraska Farm Bureau’s top priorities for the 2019 legislative session.