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New signs promote right to farm in Wheatfield

by jmaloni
Thu, Oct 6th 2011 02:05 pm
Members of Wheatfield's Agriculture Focus Group - Donald Proefrock, Kristine Taylor, Karen Frieder and David Anastasi - are shown at the town's Farmers Market last week with one of the new `right to farm` signs. (photo by Bill Frieder)
Members of Wheatfield's Agriculture Focus Group - Donald Proefrock, Kristine Taylor, Karen Frieder and David Anastasi - are shown at the town's Farmers Market last week with one of the new "right to farm" signs. (photo by Bill Frieder)

Several years ago, the Agriculture Focus Group wrote a "Right to Farm" law for the Town of Wheatfield, which was adopted by the Town Board. As part of that process, signs were requested to be posted at the entrances to the town.

Somehow, that request got lost in the shuffle of other issues, according to Karen Frieder, focus group chairman. She recently brought it up again and received Town Board approval to have the signs made and posted.

Highway Superintendent Art Kroenig and the town's Highway Department made two signs to be posted where the focus group decides they will do the most good. The group has decided to post one on Niagara Falls Boulevard at the entrance to Wheatfield from Amherst. Placement of the second will be discussed at the next focus group meeting on Oct. 11.

"Eventually, we'd like to see more signs," said Frieder. "We felt it was important to adopt a Right to Farm law as an additional protection for our farming community. It strengthens the county and state regulations and helps to protect the farmers from nuisance complaints/suits over normal farming activities."

"It seems that some of the newer residents of the town aren't aware of what to expect when they move into a farm community - farm odors, noise, slow moving farm vehicles on public roads, mud on the roads near farm fields and such," she added. "Personally, it amazes me how clueless some people are about what's around their new homes, but that's because I expected these things when we moved here and, in fact, they were part of our reason for doing so!"

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