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2 consenting adults and a cow ... Farmer's raw deal over raw milk scheduled for trial
WND.com ^ | September 1, 2012 | Bob Unruh

Posted on 09/02/2012 4:47:26 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

A trial that has become a symbol, in Wisconsin and across the U.S., of government criminalization of farmers for providing food directly to consumers has been rescheduled for January.

But the delay from the previously scheduled September court date is expected to focus even more attention on the dispute that has dragged Wisconsin dairy farmer Vernon Hershberger to the court’s defendant’s table in the Sauk County Circuit Court, presided over by Judge Guy Reynolds.

The state’s case against the Loganville farmer has him accused of four misdemeanor counts of violating Wisconsin’s food and dairy code.

Officials with the Farm to Consumers Legal Defense Fund said Hershberger will be represented by the fund’s attorneys in the case, which already has created ripples across the industry.

In Wisconsin, while the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection “once supported farmers who offered raw dairy through direct-to-consumer sales,” officials said the state agency reversed its position under pressure from the Food and Drug Administration.

When the state legislature tried to block the newly developing crackdown on farmers who provide their products directly to consumers, the governor vetoed the proposal.

That leaves Hershberger facing the January trial on the four misdemeanor counts. He will be represented by Elizabeth Rich, the vice president of the fund, and a Wisconsin attorney.

“Hershberger has been charged with operating a retail food establishment without a license,” explains the fund, “operating a dairy farm as a milk producer without a license and violating a holding order issued by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. The holding order prohibited anyone from removing food products from coolers that had been taped in Hershberger’s farm store.”

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: Wisconsin
KEYWORDS: ban; bullystate; fda; food; freshmilk; health; nannystate; pasteurization; pathogens; rawmilk; trial; vernonhershberger
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1 posted on 09/02/2012 4:47:34 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I thought this was going to be about the new civil unions law in Brazil


2 posted on 09/02/2012 4:49:30 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Eric Blair 2084; SheLion; Gabz; Hank Kerchief; 383rr; libertarian27; traviskicks; bamahead; CSM; ...

Nanny State PING!


3 posted on 09/02/2012 4:49:34 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Obama should change his campaign slogan to "Yes, we am!" Sounds as stupid as his administration is.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I wonder if this might end up at the Supreme Court. It might help in Wisconsin if the cows all belonged to a Union and had the mafia protecting this mis fits from selling milk direct.


4 posted on 09/02/2012 4:49:36 PM PDT by rovenstinez
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

It’s those damn Amish troublemakers again.


5 posted on 09/02/2012 4:50:06 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: GeronL

New addition to the Democratic Convention platform.


6 posted on 09/02/2012 4:50:53 PM PDT by bleach (If I agreed with you, we would both be wrong.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

The peasants must not be allowed to purchase food that has not been adulterated by ADM.


7 posted on 09/02/2012 4:52:32 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the sociopath.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Government mandated middleman. Job creation, doncha know.


8 posted on 09/02/2012 4:53:17 PM PDT by Delta 21 (Oh Crap !! Did I say that out loud ??!??)
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9 posted on 09/02/2012 4:54:37 PM PDT by palmer (Jim, please bill me 50 cents for this completely useless post)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

This case represents the Nanny State at its worst and most officiously intrusive.


10 posted on 09/02/2012 4:58:42 PM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
2 consenting adults and a cow

The next "marriage" push.

11 posted on 09/02/2012 5:01:12 PM PDT by grobdriver (Proud Member, Party of No! Nobama, No Way, No How!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

The title sounds like marriage in homotown.


12 posted on 09/02/2012 5:02:02 PM PDT by CodeToad (Be Prepared...They Are.)
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To: Jack Hammer

There’s little economic clout to oppose such nannydom, unfortunately. Most are aware of the ubiquitous warnings on US restaurant menus about undercooked meat, eggs, and seafood. Well those warnings are what was left after American restaurant associations fought back tooth and nail against an outright Federal ban on serving such food that hadn’t been assessed (at great expense, per strict government protocol) for micro-organisms. Can natural milk dairies push back with this sort of vigor? They don’t have the clout that restaurants do. Warnings might be in order, but phooey on these bans.


13 posted on 09/02/2012 5:09:35 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (let me ABOs run loose, lew (or is that lou?))
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
of government criminalization of farmers for providing food directly to consumers has been rescheduled for January

A long time ago, these crazy dudes we call the Founders had this really neat idea about Freedom, and all the Freedoms Liberty contained.

One of these was the Right to private contract.

Now and the government that was originally to be based in Liberty has become the oppressor.

[sigh]

14 posted on 09/02/2012 5:09:38 PM PDT by MamaTexan (I am a Person as Created by the Laws of Nature, not a person as created by the laws of Man)
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They are simply trying to establish complete and absolute Federal authority over food. Dissent will be mercilessly crushed by a army of lawyers... paid for with your taxes.
15 posted on 09/02/2012 5:15:38 PM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: gorush

Not many Amish in Sauk County. I was born there and to the dismay of the gov., drank raw milk daily.


16 posted on 09/02/2012 5:22:43 PM PDT by foundedonpurpose (It's time for a fundamental restoration, of our country's principles!)
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To: foundedonpurpose

There are a lot of Amish there now. I grew up in Baraboo but live in SE Monroe county now.


17 posted on 09/02/2012 5:24:36 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: gorush
This is Dr. Douglas author of "The Milk Book" and raw milk advocate. Sorry but the audio is not so hot. Also of interest.
18 posted on 09/02/2012 5:42:58 PM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah, so shall it be again.")
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Is it wrong to look forward do the day a bureaucrat looking to make an example of a citizen gets made an example of in return?


19 posted on 09/02/2012 5:48:56 PM PDT by tacticalogic ("Oh, bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Why is it I’m never called to serve on a jury for a trial like this. I’d nullify this stupid law and have the defendant out of the courtroom in time for lunch.


20 posted on 09/02/2012 5:51:26 PM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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