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Old 03-27-2018, 06:45 PM
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We just went under contract for a piece of land near Blair. We also found out about chicken farms that are going to be put in soon south of Blair and near Fort Calhoun. How many miles can you smell them for if the wind is calm and if it is blowing in your direction from the farm.

Also if the Real Estate Agent had knowledge of the farm at the time we signed the contract, can we get our earnest money back?
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Old 03-28-2018, 09:58 AM
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(I sent you a private message to give you some information that might help with your issues. It can become a HOT issue for other C-D members who read it.)

I grew up and lived about a mile or so from a livestock feedlot, most of the time it wasn’t a problem however when the wind was in the right direction and just after a rain it was terrible for days. Nothing but odor and flies to make life miserable, however that was something we were used to at the time and didn’t think about anything better.

I am now living in a residential area far away from farming/ranching. And at times when neighbors apply the horse/cattle manure on their green grass it will bring lots of flies and odor for several days. The flies are madding.

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Old 03-28-2018, 10:28 AM
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It all depends on how many miles away you are from them but they can smell for quite a few miles.

I knew an older couple who lived in NC and had a large chicken farming operation crop up several miles away from them. They frequently posted on Facebook about how awful it stank but I never realized how it was until I visited them in May one year. I don't even want to guess how it would smell in July down there...

AksarbeN is correct. The issue with large-scale stinky livestock farming has become a hot topic in CD as well as outside CD.

In some instances, there have been cases where people have banded together and sued the offender for creating a nuisance odor:


What can work against this unfortunately is that there are 'right to farm' laws on the books in a majority of the states.

I have nothing against farmers and even lived across the street from a farm but it wasn't a large livestock operation.

Good luck with your situation and let us know how it works out for you.
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