May 17, 2017

A $2.8 million fine for plowing farmland

By A $2.8 million fine for plowing farmland

PLF’s Director of Communications Harold Johnson leads a discussion with PLF Senior Attorney Tony Francois about how PLF client and Duarte Nursery co-owner John Duarte’s due process rights are being plowed under by the feds. The outcome of this case against the Duarte family has major implications not only for Duarte Nursery, but for farmers across the United States.

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Duarte Nursery v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

John Duarte and Duarte Nursery, in rural Tehama County, California, received a cease and desist order from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for engaging in normal farming activities (i.e., plowing) that purportedly affected wetlands. Duarte was not permitted any type of hearing to defend himself.

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