Almond Growers Can Now Sue USDA

Three years after the USDA destroyed the U.S. raw almond business by forcing almond producers to fumigate or pasteurize their nuts, a significant victory has been achieved that could overturn that onerous regulation. A federal appeals court has ruled that California almond farmers may now challenge the USDA regulation in the courts.

Why is this a victory? Because for years, a federal district court has ruled that almond growers could not even challenge the rule. The USDA’s power over farmers was absolutely, the court seemed to say, and no mere peasants can challenge the King.

But today that has all changed. A Cornucopia Institute press release announces the details of this court decision:

From the Cornucopia Institute…
See original release at http://www.cornucopia.org/2010/08/f…

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