Skip to comments.Yuma dairy takes fight over federal price fixing to Supreme Court
Posted on 10/19/2012 10:49:41 PM PDT by WilliamIII
A Yuma-area dairy family has taken its fight with the federal government over a milk price-fixing law that it believes singles it out to the U.S. Supreme Court.
In a petition filed Friday, Yuma dairy owners Hein and Ellen Hettinga are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear key issues in their lawsuit challenging a federal law that forces the Hettingas to sell milk to consumers at a higher price than they want to charge.
The Milk Regulatory Equity Act of 2005, which the Hettingas say targeted them specifically, requires independent producer-handlers to join a dairy cooperative or pay federal marketing fees. Hettinga is one of only a handful of such producer-handlers remaining in the U.S., and lawmakers were observed making references to a dairyman in Yuma, Ariz., and even mentioning his dairy, Sarah Farms, by name.
Hettinga had been fought by dairy cooperatives in Arizona and other states, arguing that his dairy presents an unfair advantage because he was selling his milk for less.
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U.S. farms have been highly regulated and government controlled since FDR. There are all types of marketing and crop quotas and programs. They want to control every animal and every bushel of grain.