10 June 2013

“We are growers that will pack and market our raisins...This is America, not a communist state.”

The Hornes, owners of Raisin Valley Farms, wrote to the Secretary of Agriculture in 2002 to protest the Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937 (AMAA) and the California Raisin Marketing Order:
“[W]e are growers that will pack and market our raisins. We reserve our rights under the Constitution of the United States . . . [T]he Marketing Order Regulating Raisins has become a tool for grower bankruptcy, poverty, and involuntary servitude. The Marketing Order Regulating Raisins is a complete failure for growers, handlers, and the USDA . . . [W]e will not relinquish ownership of our crop. We put forth the money and effort to grow it, not the Raisin Administrative Committee. This is America, not a communist state.”
Today, the Supreme Court ruled that the Ninth Circuit had jurisdiction to hear the case, and the Hornes may raise a takings-based defense in the context of an enforcement proceeding initiated by the USDA under the raisin program.
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