Agriculture is an important part of the Riley County environment. Owning rural land means knowing how to live with farmers. There are a few things you need to know:
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. It is possible that adjoining agriculture uses can disturb your peace and quiet.
Land preparation and other agricultural operations can cause dust, especially during windy and dry weather.
Ranchers will burn their pastures in March/April. Farmers occasionally burn their ditches to keep them clean. Agricultural burning creates smoke that you may find objectionable. You also may need to back burn an area surrounding your home for protection if you do not live in a platted area. Call the Riley County Fire District for more information and to obtain a burn permit!
Chemicals (mainly fertilizers and herbicides) are used in growing crops. You may be sensitive to these substances, and many people actually have severe allergic reactions to them. Airplanes may be used early in the morning to apply some insecticides.
Animals and their manure may cause objectionable odors.
Before buying land you should know if it has noxious weeds that may be expensive to control. You will be required to control these weeds. The Riley County Noxious Weed Department has more information on controlling noxious weeds.
Livestock and Pets
Animals can be dangerous. Bulls, stallions, rams, boars, etc. can attack human beings. Watch your pets. Landowners should remember that their dogs could cause great harm to livestock, fences, etc. Dogs do have a tendency to pack occasionally and go on "hunts." There are laws that allow for the destruction of dogs that chase or worry livestock, although the problem is usually resolved before drastic measures are necessary. Although there are no leash laws in Riley County, the County does have dog and cat nuisance control. Subdivision covenants traditionally contain leash laws, but are not enforced by the County.
Right to Farm
Agriculture is an important business in Kansas, and Riley County. If you choose to live among the farms and ranches of Riley County, do not expect the county government to intervene in the normal day-to-day operations of your agri-business neighbors. The Board of Commissioners of Riley County will enable its farmers and ranchers to continue producing food and fiber based on the Kansas Right-to-Farm Statutes.