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Iowa has a new ag trespass law

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Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds has signed into law the ag trespass bill passed by the legislature earlier this week.

The bill creates a trespass charge for anyone using deception to gain access to a farm with intent to cause physical or economic harm.

“Untrained, unapproved and unwanted items or people entering farms put farmers and the economy of the state at risk,” Reynolds said. “This law will improve the security and safety of Iowa farmers by criminalizing the entrance of…individuals who use deceit to enter farms and intend to cause harm.”

The new law is designed to replace Iowa’s previous “ag gag” law, which a judge ruled unconstitutional, saying it violated free-speech rights of undercover investigators.

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