What the Duarte Case Settlement Could Mean for Farmers and Ranchers

What the Duarte Case Settlement Could Mean for Farmers and Ranchers

Don Parrish, senior director of regulatory relations at AFBF, recently discussed on AgriTalk what the Duarte case settlement could mean for farmers and ranchers. John Duarte, a California farmer and Farm Bureau member, was sued by the Army Corps of Engineers after plowing a wheat field without a permit. The Corps argued Duarte disturbed protected wetlands by plowing. The case was settled earlier this month with Duarte agreeing to pay $1.1 million in fines. Parrish said that CRP acreage could be kept out of production permanently due to the ruling.