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Hershberger Denied Raw Milk Supreme Court Hearing
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 12/15/2014

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has decided not to hear a Sauk County farmer's appeal over his raw milk conviction. The high court announced on Friday that it will not take up the case in which Vernon Hershberger was found guilty last year of violating a state hold order placed on his milk products after a raid on his property in 2010.

Hershberger and a group called Food Freedom USA petitioned the court to hear his case, along with two others involving the legality and constitutionality of farmers that wish to establish contracts with private individuals who want to obtain such products.

The other petitions were filed on behalf of dairy farmers Mark and Petra Zinniker of Walworth County and Grassway Organics Farm Store in New Holstein, who's business licenses were both revolked by the state for selling unpasteurized products to customers.

The group says proponents of raw milk want Wisconsin statutes and dairy regulations to be rewritten to clearly recognize the rights of private individuals and groups to choose to consume cow milk in its pure, unadulterated form, and the rights of farmers to provide it.

Justices did not give a reason to why they denied the appeal. The Fourth District Court of Appeals also rejected consideration to hear the case earlier this summer.

Attempts by the state's legislature to legalize the sales of raw dairy products failed twice in the past four years.

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