Farmer And Neighbor Adaptations

As should be apparent from the previous section, the various policies and policy tools available to local governments to manage some of the impacts of large-scale livestock are not well-developed in some states and localities. In addition, the effectiveness of some policies, such as the new federal environmental rules governing CAFOs, has yet to be fully understood. Further, because many conflicts related to livestock production are locality-specific with citizens requesting local action, the effectiveness of federal rules alone in quelling neighbor concerns may not be sufficient. As a result, one practical response to community concerns about livestock and other types of agricultural production in rural urban interface settings is the use of neighboring activities to create positive rapport and facilitate communication between farmers and neighbors. Whereas neighboring activities by farmers, such as holding an open house, seeking out and meeting neighbors, or timing work to avoid conflicts with neighbor activities are unlikely to mitigate all possible concerns about odor, water quality, etc., these activities have been shown to reduce neighbor perceptions of annoyances and contribute to improved general attitudes toward local farmers.[7] Conflict resolution specialists have also observed that neighboring activities can be effective techniques for resolving conflicts instead of resorting to government or court action.[8]

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