Farming Under Regulatory Fear
Chris Clayton DTN Ag Policy Editor
Mon Jan 11, 2016 02:28 PM CST

ORLANDO, Fla. (DTN) -- John Duarte, a farmer from Hughson, Calif., finds himself mired in multiple federal lawsuits against the Army Corps of Engineers because Duarte decided to grow wheat.

Farmers and ranchers at the American Farm Bureau Federation annual meeting are expressing growing fears of regulatory and criminal fights with federal agencies.

Farm Bureau leaders say Duarte's legal case is a classic example of why farmers can't take EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers at their word when the agencies declare farmer protections in the Clean Water Act are still there and still in place.

Additionally, Duarte's legal ...

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