A farmer’s due process rights are plowed under by the feds

California family farming company Duarte Nursery is facing a $2.8 million penalty from the federal government, for plowing its property to plant wheat on it. Federal regulators from the Army Corps of Engineers claim that the Duarte farmland contains federally protected wetlands, and that bureaucrats’ permission is needed to farm the property under the Clean Water Act.

 But federal law specifically says that plowing, and other normal farming practices, do not require Clean Water Act permits. But despite this, the United States government claims that Duarte turned its property into “small mountain ranges” by plowing it six inches deep, and is suing the company and its president John Duarte for $2.8 million in penalties, over something that farmers do every day all across America: plowing their land to grow crops.

 

 

 

 
 
 

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                                 Kate Pomeroy                                     Harold Johnson

                                 Media Director, PLF D.C. Center                                  Director of Communications                                                                                Phone: (202) 888-6881                                                Phone: (916) 419-7111                                                                                E-Mail: kap@pacificlegal.org                                      E-Mail: hej@pacificlegal.org