MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — The nation’s 11th largest pork producer has claimed victory after seven years of litigation over an influx of industrial swine farms in east central Indiana.
The (Muncie) Star Press reports that a judge ruled in favor of Maxwell Foods/Maxwell Farms without a trial in the last of five Randolph County lawsuits that claimed the farms became a nuisance to neighbors and operated inhumanely and negligently. The judge entered a summary judgment in Maxwell’s favor, citing Indiana’s Right to Farm Act, as she did with the four other lawsuits.
The Census of Agriculture determined that the inventory of hogs and pigs in Randolph County more than tripled between 2007 and 2017.
Defense lawyers said Indiana has one of the most protective Right to Farm Act statutes in the country.