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October 08, 2014

PLF files amicus brief in support of California raisin farmers

Under a draconian, Depression-era regulatory scheme, California raisin farmers are required to hand over a portion of their crop to the "Raisin Administrative Committee" (RAC), rather than selling it on the open market. The RAC is an unelected board overseen by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) that has the authority to set the ...

March 19, 2014

PLF voices support for solutions to water crisis

Pacific Legal Foundation attorneys represent some of the farmers in San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority v. Jewell who are challenging the Delta smelt biological opinion as an abuse of federal power based on questionable science and shoddy regulatory procedures. Damien Schiff, a principal attorney with PLF who represents Stewart & Jaspe ...

September 29, 2010

Farmers dodge a bullet!

Author: Reed Hopper For decades, the Corps of Engineers has exempted from federal regulation so called prior converted croplands.  These are wetlands that have been put to agricultural use prior to 1986.  In 1993, the Corps issued a formal rulemaking that stated these wetlands would continue to be exempt from federal regulation unless t ...

August 12, 2010

Is politicized science being used to shut off water to California's Central Valley farmers?

Author: Anne Hayes PLF Consultant and former environmental attorney Anne Hayes was interviewed by host Rob Johnson of KMPH 840AM about the recent resignations of Drs. Glibert and McGuire from the Committee on Sustainable Water and Environmental Management for the Bay-Delta.  Dr. McGuire's resignation letter makes it clear that these two w ...

March 03, 2010

The Endangered Species Act and water uncertainty aren't going away anytime soon

Author: Brandon Middleton Much has been made about the Bureau of Reclamation's announcement last week that farmers in the western San Joaquin Valley will receive 30% of their contractual water allotments if 2010 is an average water year.  As I mentioned earlier this week, that's a very big "if."  The San Francisco Chro ...