Franklin County is largely an agricultural area. Much
of the rural land is actively used for growing crops, feeding/ranging
livestock, and mineral resources. Owning rural land means
knowing how to care for it. There are a few things you need
5.1 - Farmers often work around the clock, especially during
planting and harvest time. Dairy operators sometimes milk
without stopping and hay is often swathed or baled at night.
Low-flying crop dusting planes may fly overhead during irregular
hours. It is possible that adjoining agricultural uses may
disturb your peace and quiet. Franklin County is a "Right
to Farm" county.
5.2 - Land preparation and other operations can cause dust,
especially during windy and dry weather.
5.3 - Farmers occasionally burn their fields and ditches
to keep them clean of debris, weeds, pests, and other obstructions;
grain growers burn stubble to help generate next year's crops.
This burning creates smoke that you may find objectionable.
5.4 - Chemicals (mainly fertilizers and herbicides) are
often used in growing crops. You may be sensitive to these
substances and many people actually have severe allergic
reactions. Many of these chemicals are applied by airplanes
that fly early in the morning.
5.5 - Animals and their manure can cause objectionable odors.
What else can we say?
5.6 - Agriculture is an important business in Franklin County.
If you choose to live among the farms and ranches of our
rural countryside, do not expect county government to intervene
in the normal day-to-day operations of your agri-business
neighbors. In fact, Washington State protects farmers and
ranchers from nuisance and liability lawsuits. This enables
them to continue producing food and fiber.
5.7 - Washington State has a closed range law except for
specific roads. This means that your neighbor's cattle, sheep
or other livestock should not be on your property. It is
the responsibility of the rancher or farmer to keep his/her
livestock off your property.
5.8 - Before buying land you should know if it has noxious
weeds that may be expensive to control and you may be required
to control. Some plants are poisonous to horses and other
5.9 - Animals can be dangerous. Bulls, stallions, pigs,
rams, etc. can attack human beings. Children need to know
that it is not safe to enter pens where animals are kept.
5.10 - Much of Franklin County receives very little precipitation
throughout the year. As a result, we have a problem with
overgrazing, and fugitive dust. Without irrigation, grass
does not grow very well. There is a limit to the amount of
grazing the land can handle. The Franklin County Cooperative
Extension Office can help you with these issues.