Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund
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Defending the rights and broadening the freedoms of family farms and protecting
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He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people,
and eat out their substance
.”  – Declaration of Independence

Farming is difficult enough without being subjected to burdensome regulations, excessive licensing requirements and fees, inconsistent interpretations of the laws, and heavy-handed enforcement tactics by government agencies.  This space features accounts from around the country of government roadblocks to the small farmer’s ability to make a living.

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Pasteurized Milk Mustache
So a department that discourages the consumption of raw milk is trying to extract money from those it would put out of business.  [ Read all about it ]

Making It Up as They Go Along
Since the United States Congress enacted the Administrative Procedures Act (APA) into law in 1946, the American people have been bombarded by regulations issued by the federal bureaucracy.  Federal agencies are only supposed to implement laws contained in the CFR (Code of Federal Regulations).  As the following account illustrates, they have been known to make up and implement regulations that are not found in the CFR in violation of the APA.  [ Read all about it ]

Fees or Famine
A couple of farm families in Idaho sat down and figured out how much they would have to pay in licensing and permit fees in order to keep their farmstand (also known as a Farm Market) in business for the 2009 season.  In order for Steve and Wendy Smith of Spyglass Gardens to continue their Farm Market this year, they would be required to shell out $2319.50 [ Read all about it ]