Agriculture and natural resource uses are still actively pursued in this County. Much of the rural land in Pend Oreille County is actively used for growing crops, feeding livestock, and providing lumber and mineral resources. Agricultural operations common within the county include forestry and wood products, cattle and range operations.
If you choose to live in a rural area, be aware that day-to-day operations of agricultural-producing neighbors may be disruptive to notions of idealized rural living. You may encounter the following in rural areas:
- Forested land next to yours may be logged. Loggers and farmers often work long hours, especially during planting and harvesting seasons. Those hours may not align with yours, especially after mid-night when the logger is sawing and the farmer and his baler are just getting warmed up for the very early morning operation. Logging operations may burn slash piles, although, this is typically done in the fall.
- Farmers often work around the clock and may run machinery at night to avoid daytime winds or heat. Machinery associated to farming and logging occupations are noisy and at times may cause large amounts of dust. If you locate near these occupations, you have to learn to live with it. State law says a farmer has a right to farm. Period.
- Farmers may spray sulfur,oil, pesticides, manure, and herbicides throughout the year to protect crops. When necessary chemicals are sprayed from airplanes. They try to spray when the wind isn’t blowing but there isn’t any guarantee. These sprays drift with the wind and in some cases they may cause breathing difficulties or damage to neighboring crops.
- Cattle and other herd type animals can be very noisy at times and to some may create objectionable odors, especially when large numbers are confined on a small area. Before making a land purchase ask yourself if you can handle any noise or farm odor.
- Wide open spaces are not a license for pets to roam. Dogs can quickly become a nuisance to livestock. Pets caught attacking or harassing livestock or wildlife may be shot.
- Farmers may burn fields or ditches to keep them clean or debris, weeds and other obstructions.
- Landowners are responsible for controlling noxious weeds on their property.
- Pollinators are an integral part of the food chain and impact all agricultural operations.