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Jury returns not guilty verdict on raw milk farmer Alvin Schlangen in MN

From Abby Simons in the Star Tribune:

Alvin Schlangen with supporters after the verdict. Star Tribune photo by Bruce Bisping

“A Hennepin County jury Thursday found a Stearns County farmer not guilty of violating the state’s food safety laws when he distributed raw milk from an Amish farm to Twin Cities customers. Continue reading

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Legal remedy for drifting pesticide

From Josephine Marcotty, in the Star Tribune:

“Oluf Johnson’s 1,500-acre farm in Stearns County is an organic island in a sea of chemically treated corn and soybeans.

Improperly applied pesticides repeatedly drift over from neighboring farms, often with dire consequences for Johnson. But now, thanks to a new court ruling, he and other farmers can sue to recover their losses.

Letting damaging chemicals cross property lines is trespassing, the Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled on Monday. Moreover, since those pesticides made his crop unsalable in the organic market, Johnson is entitled to damages from the company that applied it, the Paynesville Farmers Union Cooperative Oil Co., the court said. Continue reading

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Embargoed raw milk products missing from Hartmann Farm — Star-Tribune

From the Star-Tribune.com:

Michael Hartmann’s dairy farm is south of Gibbon, Minn. Photo: Dan Browning, Star Tribune

“State inspectors who recently sought to seize and destroy products from rogue dairy farmer Michael Hartmann found that much of the raw milk and other products had gone missing, according to court filings.

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture claims Hartmann is in contempt of court, because a judge found last month that Hartmann’s products were produced under unsanitary conditions and ordered them destroyed. Continue reading

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Got Raw? — raw milk attracts devoted following in Wyoming

From the Trib.com, Wyoming’s Online News Source, a story from October 25, 2010 by Star-Tribune staff writer Joshua Wolfson:

Maureen Tescher milks Honey, a cow belonging to her friend, Ginger Barrett, in mid-October at her home west of Casper. Tescher and Barrett use the raw milk to drink and for making all of the dairy products. (Kerry Huller/Star-Tribune)

“The goats produce more milk than Bob Evans can use, so he feeds the overflow to his chickens. Continue reading

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