Thursday, May 25, 2017

Farmer Faces $2.8 Million Fine For Plowing His Own Field

A farmer faces trial in federal court this summer and a $2.8 million fine for failing to get a permit to plow his field and plant wheat in Tehama County. A lawyer for Duarte Nursery said the case is important because it could set a precedent requiring other farmers to obtain costly, time-consuming permits just to plow. “The case is the first time that we’re aware of that says you need to get a (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers) permit to plow to grow crops,” said Anthony Francois, a lawyer for the Pacific Legal Foundation. The libertarian-leaning nonprofit fights for private property rights and limited government. “We’re not going to produce much food under those kinds of regulations,” Francois said. However, U.S. District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller agreed with the Army Corps in a judgment issued in June. A trial, in which the U.S. Attorney’s Office asks for $2.8 million in civil penalties, is set for August...more


fred turner said...

this is a 5 minute fix for My President Trump, but only if someone can bring it to his attention.

Anonymous said...

It would be a 5 min fix if Trump would remind everyone of Hillary's Uranium Collsion with Russia and how it resulted in ranchers being jailed and killed because they stood in the way.

It would benefit Trump to remind everyone that the electoral vote of rural America that influenced the election.

I almost bought a parcel in 2010 next to the Duarte ranch, that was used for grazing and had way more vernal pools than Duarte's.

Realtor told me it couldn't be deep-ripped because of the vernal pools.

The new owner has deep-ripped it extensively without any problem.

Anonymous said...

By the way - those permits cost $260,000.

What if you have have to disk your roadside fenceline every year for fire prevention?

I've seen a lot of large vacant residential lots all over No. Calif. that have been disked.

And what punitives damages for backyard gardeners digging and planting?

Think any of them had to get a $260,000 permit?

Or a fine?

In the long run, these 'protected' wetlands usually end becoming developed when the gov gets it cheap and resells it to a developer.

That's the mission of nature 'con'servancies.

Frank DuBois said...

Many thanks for your insight on this.