On the Front Lines

One of my favorite bits of trivia is that several midwestern states have laws or state constitutional amendments that restrict corporate farming. The strongest of these is in Nebraska, where “Initiative 300” disallows corporate ownership of farms (though it included a grandfather clause for corporate farms already in existence as of 1982, when it went into effect.

The Center for Rural Affairs, an organization that was founded to help establish I-300 and which has continued to be a terrific supporter of socially, culturally, economically, and environmentally sustainable agriculture ever since, now reports that a federal district court judge has ruled I-300 unconsitutional. Nebraska has appealed the case to the 8th circuit court.

Friends of Chelsea Green should follow this case and encourage their local papers to report on it. Hopefully Nebraska will win its appeal, and if it does so, that will establish the constitutionality of restrictions on corporate farming. Then all we have to do is repeat the success of I-300 everywhere else.

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