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News Archive 2008

Dec 31 - SWAT raid on food co-op called 'entrapment'

Dec 31 - Legal Defense Fund to Answer to USDA, Michigan Department of Agriculture Motions to Dismiss NAIS Suit

Dec 31 - Proposed new private members’ bill to legalize raw milk sale direct from farm

Dec 29 - Follow file: Raw milk dairy gets help from defense fund in case over state's regulation

Dec 18 - Civil Suit Filed over Manna Storehouse Raid

Dec 15 - Ohio Dept of Agriculture Traumatizes Women and Small Children

Dec 15 - SD Stockgrowers Join Other Ag Groups With Warning

Dec 14 - Assure raw milk's benefits

Dec 13 - The Ride 4 Raw Milk” Bike-a-Thon

Dec. 3 – USDA Changes Farmer Loan Programs
The USDA has announced today that it is increasing the amounts of its Farm Operating Loans and its Farm Ownership Loans from $200,000 to $300,000.  For combined loans the amount is being increased from $700,000 to $800,000.  Also, the existing Beginning Farmer Downpayment Loan Program is being amended to now include socially disadvantaged farmers and is also being amended to reduce the size of the required down payment.  The required down payment has now been reduced from 10% to 5%.  Regulations governing lease and disposal of the Farm Service Agency’s real estate inventory, which currently give priority to beginning farmers, are being amended to also give priority to socially disadvantaged farmers.  For more information please see

Dec 3 - Thanksgiving Check on America's Food

Dec 2 - Raw milk demand growing in state

Dec 1 - USDA responds to premises ID numbers

Nov 24 - FDA Files Civil Lawsuit against Organic Pastures Dairy

Nov 23 - NAIS: Stand-off on Premises ID in Wisconsin

Nov 23 - FDA Sues Central Valley Raw Milk Supplier

Nov 19 - Foodie author advises Obama on ag

Nov 18 - An Open Letter to President-Elect Barack Obama

Nov 18 - Our Home-Grown Melamine Problem

Nov 14 - Study: Genetically Modified (GM) Crops Threaten Human Fertility and Health Safety

Nov 14 - New study confirms that GM food damages fertility

Nov 14 - Bush Administration: Dismiss RFID 'Mark of the Beast' Lawsuit

Nov 13 - Good germs fight bad germs in hospital

Nov 13 - Lapp dairy farm is all natural

Nov 12 - Education, nutrition and religion meet

Nov 12 - Milk-lovers getting a raw deal

Nov 5 - Good news from California

Nov 4 - Bush agenda moving into place as you are distracted by the election

Nov 4 - Canadian Oped in Print!

Nov 4 - Afghans find modest prosperity in once-banned trade – milk

Nov 3 - Tainted food alert

Nov 1 - Family finds new life on dairy farm

Nov 1 - Canadian Film on Raw Dairy Controversy Wins Top Honors

Nov 1 - The Good Stuff

Oct 30 - VA Independent Consumers and Farmers Association

Oct 23 - USDA Approves Four Additional Visual Identification Tags For Use In The NAIS

Oct 21 - Ontario farmer convicted in raw-milk trial, seeks maximum penalty

Oct 19 - Local beekeeper says he lost thousands of bees after mosquito spraying (video)

Oct 17 - URGENT ACTION ALERT: HOT Legal Issues – Raw Milk, NAIS and Direct Sales

Oct 17 - Personal Liberties at Stake in Raw Milk Issue

Oct 17 - Raw Milk Update

Oct 13 - Defra admits losing 20,000 cows in Britain

Oct 13 - Farmer in Chief

Oct 13 - Raw milk drinkers say benefits outweigh the risks

Oct 10 - Toxic Loans, Tainted Food

Oct 9 - URGENT ACTION ALERT: Legislators on the Farm Day, October 18

Oct 8 - The cows grazing at Mark Lopez's farm perk up as they see his small frame walking through the pasture.

Oct 8 - Raw Milk Illnesses And Warnings Don't Scare Everyone

Oct 7 - Looking For Local, Organic Food? There's A Virtual Solution

Oct 2 - A Letter from Senator Dean Florez

Oct 2 - Governor vetoes Florez raw milk bill

Oct 2 - CA Gov. email about SB201 (pdf)

Oct 2 - Governor vetoes several Valley-related bills

Oct 2 - California Raw Milk Veto: Update from Mark McAfee

Oct 1 - Schwarzenegger sours on raw milk bill

Oct 1 - CDFA Gets Its Way As Governor Vetoes SB201—Look for Wardens to Come Down Hard on the Inmates

Oct 1 - The Hospital is a Bad Place for a Healthy Person to Go

Sep 28 - National Identification (RFID)

Sep 27 - Raw Milk back on the table in N.C.

Sep 27 - URGENT ACTION ALERT: Scrapie Action Update Governor's Response

USDA Releases Official Animal Disease Traceability Business Plan

Farmer and Rancher Coalition Opposes RFID-Tagging of Animals

Raw Milk Renegade

Using modern laws to keep Amish ways

Amish farmers fight cattle tags

Efforts to Halt the National Animal Identification System Head to Court

PA Agriculture Department Rescinds Permit Suspension of Montgomery County Raw Milk Dairy

Instead of Eating to Diet, They’re Eating to Enjoy

Frantic Foodie: Confessions of a Wannabe Chef

Foxboro dairy farm sells its milk raw

Organic Pastures raw cream ordered recalled

Mark Nolt raided again

Raw milk crusader awaits verdict

Renegade farmer exposes key question: Is milk pasteurized or unpasteurized?

Raw milk farm raided again


Mayer: New agriculture bill gets favorable response

Farmer cast as defiant in Newmarket, Ont. court raw milk case

Raw Deal Dealt to Advocates of Raw Milk

Raw milk banned from lattes

'Jail does not scare me': Dairy farmer

Unpasterized Milk Producers Claim Raw Deal

Whole Foods Market(R) Hosts Senator Dean Florez (16th District) and Martin Sheen To Make the Case for Raw Milk: The Fresh Raw Milk Act of 2008 (Senate Bill 201)

September 04, 2008 - So good, it’s not legal: A visit to Polyface Farm

September 04, 2008 - Local cheesemaker Alessandra Trompeo injects Italian culture into her work

September 04, 2008 - Farming again becomes fashionable

September 3, 2008 - Lawmakers OK exception for raw milk

September 3, 2008 - NAIS Stinks by Henry Lamb :: Range Magazine

August 28, 2008 - EPA is Hiding Colony Collapse Disorder Information

August 25, 2008 - California closer to raw milk reform

August 25, 2008 - Irradiation step doesn't quiet debate on FDA moves

August 24, 2008 - With a piece of the cow, shareholders embrace unpasteurized milk

August 24, 2008 - In the Backyard, Not Just a Garden, but Cows

August 21, 2008 - EU sheep tagging plans a ‘disaster’

August 21, 2008 - One man’s quest to purchase illegal milk

August 20, 2008 - Some Like It Raw

August 18, 2008 - Cattle Identification: Status Report - NAIS

August 14, 2008 - Charles in GM 'disaster' warning

August 12, 2008 - Dairy 'somewhat vindicated'

August 12, 2008 - New law permits farmers to sell more raw milk

August 12, 2008 - More dairies go raw

August 10, 2008 - Gathering Calls for Freedom for 'Real' Milk

August 9, 2008 - Dairy farmer rejects deal in raw-milk court case

August 8, 2008 - Researchers to Study Link Between Sustainable Farming and Health

August 8, 2008 - Monsanto Looks to Sell Dairy Hormone Business

August 8, 2008 - Dairy farming over 8,000 years old

August 8, 2008 - Pottery Shards Push Milk-Drinking Back to 6000 B.C.

August 5, 2008 - Raw milk remains haunted by history

August 4, 2008 - Free the Raw Milk

August 4, 2008 - Raw-milk fans simmer at seminar

August 4, 2008 - Raw-milk advocates hold seminar in Lebanon County

August 4, 2008 - RAW deal

August 4, 2008 - Local growers share good living with their customers, but it's about food, not money


August 4, 2008 - Memories of manure, milk at Harpain's

August 4, 2008 - Congress takes a shot at family farmers

August 1, 2008 - Popularity of raw milk growing

August 1, 2008 - Raw milk campaigners celebrate small victory

July 29, 2008 - Raw milk picks up advocates

July 28, 2008 - 81 organizations, including FTCLDF, urge Senate to reject linking NAIS to the School Lunch Program

July 28, 2008 - In Niche Agriculture, Carving Identity and Withstanding Hard Times Keys to Success

July 27, 2008 - Feelings are raw over milk

July 24, 2008 - R-CALF: Groups Urge Congress To Immediately Halt Any Further Advancement Of NAIS

July 24, 2008 - Organically reared cows produce healthier milk says Newcastle University

July 24, 2008 - Got raw milk

July 20, 2008 - What is happening to farming - and to your world.

July 20, 2008 - Local food movement grows in Central Texas, converting more 'locavores'

July 17, 2008 - Odiferous Overcrowded Dairy Farms Not Just A Problem for Cows

July 16, 2008 - Australia - Cattle producer ordered to pay $17,300 for NLIS tag breach

July 14, 2008 - Controversy Raised Over Raw Milk

July 14, 2008 - LET'S CLEAR THE LAST COMMITTEE HURDLE FOR SB201 The Fresh Milk Act of 2008!

July 11, 2008 - Cutting Out the Middlemen, Shoppers Buy Slices of Farms

July 9, 2008 - Fighting For A New Freedom Of Choice

July 9, 2008 - Raw milk may lose its gray dye

July 8, 2008 - Raw Milk Victory Rules Proposed in California Could Go Nationwide

July 7 - Of Locavore InterestFull Story


July 1, 2008 - UPDATE  on Appropriations Provision to Link NAIS to the School Lunch ProgramFull Story

June 30, 2008 - Dairyman wants super-quality raw milk in retail stores

June 30, 2008 - Raw Milk SoireeFull Story

June 26, 2008 - FTCLDF and 61 other organizations ask Congress not to link the School Lunch Program to the National Animal ID System


June 24, 2008 - ACTION ALERT: Mandatory Requirement for NAIS in School Lunch Program Put in House Agriculture Appropriations Bill.  CALL NOW!Full Story

June 21, 2008 - Crema, California Real Milk Association is a brand new raw dairy consumer group with 3500 members statewide. Full Story

June 20, 2008 - School Lunches and NAIS

June 18, 2008 - Farmers and Federal Judge Oppose NAIS Flawed PlanFull Story

June 16, 2008 - Court issues temporary restraining order suspending application of Privacy Act to NAIS

June 12, 2008 - Health officials crack down on unpasteurized milk

June 10, 2008 - Society soiree to benefit embattled dairy farmer

June 10, 2008 - Organic Raw Milk & Live FoodsCalifornia to Lead the Nation with Highest Raw Milk Standards

June 9, 2008

Senate  Bill #201 Comes to Life Full Story

June 09, 2008 - Missouri Governor Signs Farmer Relief Bill That Prohibits Mandatory NAIS

June 05, 2008 - 2008 Farm Bill Analysis

June 05, 2008 - Black market milking

June 05, 2008 - Forced sheep tagging not viable, says meat industry

May 30, 2008 - Got Milk? Get Investigated

May 29, 2008 - FTCLDF files comments opposing CO proposed NAIS rule

May 23, 2008 The truth about milkFull Story

May 21, 2008 C’mon get happy: Study finds dirt could be the new ProzacFull story

May 13, 2008 Raw Deal for Raw MilkBy Senator Mike Folmer

Prior to Gov. Ed Rendell's administration, state government was supportive of the Commonwealth's proud heritage of raw milk production.  In recent weeks and months, however, state authorities have become hostile toward our raw milk farmers.

On April 25th, Mennonite raw milk farmer Mark Nolt of Newville had his farm raided for the second time. This time Nolt was arrested, while officials from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) seized $30,000 worth of cheese and other products intended to feed families, including his own.
PDA agents also seized parts from equipment necessary for Nolt to run his raw milk operation, thus crippling his livelihood and means for providing for himself and his family.

The significant volume of raw milk foods seized by the authorities was thrown away, even as nearly 1.2 million Pennsylvanians are at risk for hunger, according the PDA's web site.

Elizabethtown dairy farmer Glenn Wise is a farmer-member of a private organization that sells milk only to community members. He was issued three citations for allegedly selling raw milk without the proper state permit.

While Wise, Nolt and several others have been targeted for allegedly being in violation of the state's requirement to have a permit to sell raw milk, other raw milk farmers who have permits have also been subject to the Rendell administration's harassment. Additionally, those wishing to obtain a raw milk permit have suddenly found it more difficult to do so.

Why the crackdown on the Commonwealths' longstanding raw milk tradition?
Answer: the administration has succumbed to an irrational fear of the health aspects of raw milk.

The truth is this: properly collected from cows fed with organic grass, raw milk has no appreciable negative consequences for the consumer. In fact, raw milk from grass-fed cows contains natural antibiotic properties that help protect it from pathogenic bacteria. Raw milk is also more nutritious than pasteurized milk because pasteurization destroys heat-sensitive vitamins and minerals, including Vitamin B and thiamin, as well as positive enzymes.
Pasteurization also destroys friendly, pathogen-eating bacteria. Pasteurized milk sickens people in far greater numbers than does the more heavily regulated raw product, although admittedly far more people drink pasteurized milk.

Let me offer an important disclaimer: any food can be contaminated, including raw and pasteurized milk. What matters is how the milk is produced, handled and packaged.

Consumers should always employ the concept of caveat emptor ("buyer beware"), and use their good sense when purchasing raw milk and its byproducts.

The bottom line is this: state government needs to get off the backs of our raw milk farmers. The overwhelming majority are hardworking, conscientious people who take great pride in producing a safe, healthful product to the numerous consumers in Pennsylvania who appreciate the taste, quality, and benefits of raw milk.

2007 C Senate of Pennsylvania


Farmer fined $4,000 for dealing raw milk

Feds SWAT raid hauls away 'illegal' products, equipment

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Rally in Defense of Mark NoltClick to continue

Raw milk lovers upset over Amish arrest

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Mark Nolt Farm Raided – Fox 43 Newscast - link

Regulators rue raw milk vogue

Despite claims of healthfulness, disease risks abound

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PA - PDA Raids Nature’s Sunlight Farm; Mark Nolt ArrestedClick to Continue

A Mennonite Farmer is Hauled Away

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April 25, 2008 - IMPORTANT RAW MILK UPDATEClick to Continue

Rodale: Farming is the cure for global warming

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Apr 18, 2008 - UNESCO Ag Report Encourages Paradigm Shift to Local and Sustainable FarmingClick to Continue


Apr 9, 2008 - Review of State Raw Milk Legislation 2008

Apr 8, 2008 - Top health issues of 2008 | Health & Fitness | Reuters

Apr 3, 2008 - Breaking News on Raw Milk Grand Jury Probe!

Mar 31, 2008 - Fresh Farm Milk: Assuring Safety and Consumer Choice

Mar 31, 2008 - Victory against New York's Department of Agriculture and Markets

Mar 24, 2008 - Got Raw Milk? by David Gumpert


Mar 17, 2008 - Call your Senator today to fight NAIS in Kentucky!

Mar 17, 2008 - A friend of yours highly recommends you read this health article

Mar 6, 2008 - USDA Bets the Farm on Animal ID Program

Mar 6, 2008 - Milk Wars

Mar 6, 2008 - More dairies going raw, citing benefits of unpasteurized milk - The Boston Globe

Mar 4, 2008 - National Small Farm Lobby Day and Legislative Reception

Feb 14, 2008- - Martha Stewart visits the Smith Family Farm in Maine to show you the inner workings of an organic dairy farm.

Feb 14, 2008--Old McDonald Had a Farm...and He Got Arrested? Read the online article from "The Nation"


There has been a lot of confusion about the situation in California and several members emailed us after contacting the California Assembly Appropriations Committee, in response to our last update, to tell us that the favorable raw milk bill AB 1604 was not on the docket as we had reported.

Jan 28, 2008 --AFTER AB 1604: Where Raw Milk stands right now.

Nicole Parra has withdrawn AB 1604 from the legislative process after receiving heat from many different sources and losing some support from her own Ag Committee. Most of the opposition came from Big Dairy and Food Safety Interests. Because AB 1735, with its baseles coliform standard, is now the law of the land, it was impossible for many to view AB 1604 in a positive light, as it seemed to reverse food safety standards.

Jan 10, 2008 --ACTION ALERT – Missouri Raw Milk Bill. State Representative Belinda Harris (D/Hillsboro) is set to introduce a bill to clarify the law on the sale of raw milk in Missouri.  Rep. Harris is looking for co-sponsors for her bill before she officially files it.  Under state law, once a bill is filed co-sponsors can no longer be added to it.  Your help is needed to convince members of the State House of Representatives to sign on as co-sponsors for the bill, particularly those on the House Agriculture Policy Committee and the House Agri-business Special Committee.