LINCOLN (AP) — One of Nebraska's largest farm groups says it wants to change a ballot proposal that would guarantee farming and ranching rights in the state constitution.

The Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation said it will recommend that lawmakers place the "right to farm" measure in state statute rather than the constitution.

If approved by lawmakers, the measure by Sen. John Kuehn of Heartwell would appear on the November general election ballot for voters to approve or reject.

Nebraska Farm Bureau lobbyist Bruce Rieker said the current proposal doesn't clearly define "agriculture," and placing it in the constitution would leave it up to the courts to interpret instead of the Legislature. In addition, he said, opponents of the ballot measure might bombard voters with "misinformation" about modern agriculture.

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