Hershberger Fined $1,000 in Raw Milk Sentencing
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 06/17/2013
The Loganville dairy farmer who was found guilty last month of violating a state holding order placed on his products while he was being investigated for selling raw milk to customers has been fined $1,000. On Thursday, Sauk County Circuit Judge Guy Reynolds ordered Vernon Hershberger to pay the fine, plus
$500 in court costs for not cooperating with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture after the agency raided his Grazin' Acres farm in 2010.
A jury acquitted Hershberger on May 25 on three other charges, including selling retail food products without a license, as well as operating both a dairy farm and a dairy plant without the necessary legal permits.
The former Amish resident could have faced up to 12 months in jail, as well as additional time for allegedly violating conditions of his bond prior to this year's trail.
Judge Reynolds said Hershberger's violation was serious, but was his first offense misdemeanor and did not warrant jail time.