(a) For the purposes of this section, agricultural operations and its appurtenances means an operation for the purpose of:

(1) Cultivation of land;

(2) Production of agricultural crops;

(3) Raising of poultry;

(4) Production of eggs;

(5) Production of milk and milk products, including but not limited to ice cream, cheese and butter;

(6) Production of fruit or other horticultural crops including but not limited to Christmas trees and forestry;

(7) Production of livestock, including pasturage;

(8) Production of bees and their products;

(9) Production and raising of horses of all types and descriptions or other equine activity for the purpose of profit;

(10) The operation of a roadside farmer’s stand, or a farmer’s cart in which not less than 50% of the products sold at the stand or cart are directly from the agricultural operation;

(11) Grain elevators, bins, feed mills, silos, and seed cleaners; and

(12) Transportation of an agricultural product to or from a market storage area, or to or from any agricultural-related infrastructure as identified in paragraph (a)(11) of this section.

Terms Used In Delaware Code Title 10 Sec. 8141

  • State: means the State of Delaware; and when applied to different parts of the United States, it includes the District of Columbia and the several territories and possessions of the United States. See Delaware Code Title 1 Sec. 302
  • Year: means a calendar year, and is equivalent to the words "year of our Lord. See Delaware Code Title 1 Sec. 302

(b) This section does not apply to:

(1) An agricultural operation that does not conform to federal, state or local health or zoning requirements;

(2) A federal, state or local agency when enforcing air, water quality or other environmental standards under federal, state or local law; or

(3) An agricultural operation that is conducted in a negligent or improper manner.

(c) No agricultural operation or any of its appurtenances shall be or become a nuisance, private or public, by any changed conditions in or about the locality thereof after the same has been in operation for more than 1 year if the operation or the change did not constitute a nuisance from the date the agricultural operation began or the date the change in the operation began.

(d) Subsection (c) of this section shall not affect or defeat the right of any person, firm or corporation to recover damages for any injury or damages sustained by them on account of any pollution of, or change in condition of, the waters of any stream or on account of any overflow onto lands of any such person, firm or corporation.

(e) Any and all ordinances of any unit of local government now in effect or hereafter adopted that would make the operation of any such agricultural operation or its appurtenances a nuisance or providing for abatement thereof as a nuisance in the circumstances set forth in this section and shall be null and void; however, this section shall not apply whenever a nuisance results from the failure to conduct the operation in a manner consistent with good agricultural practice as defined in § 1401 of Title 3 or when there has been a significant change in the operation itself.

71 Del. Laws, c. 462, § 1; 77 Del. Laws, c. 376, §§ 2, 3.;