VIP Wine Executive News Member Briefing
Editor & Publisher, Lewis Perdue.
Issue #4 - August 29, 2015
Hope you are having a good weekend.
I'm sending you advance notice on a major article that will run next week:
In addition to some advance notice and weekend reading, the article contains a number of full-text court documents that are exclusive to VIP Wine Executive News subscribers like you.
Plow Field, Go To Jail? Feds Threaten John Duarte. He Slugs Back
California nursery owner John Duarte planted winter wheat on 445 acres of his land in Tehama County in November 2012 with no idea that the federal government would shut his farm down three months later.
He would lose that first wheat crop.
To this day, he has been prevented from planting, cultivating, harvesting, recovering his costs or producing food from his field.
In the process, Duarte has landed at the epicenter of a national controversy over the expansion of the "Waters of the United States" and of the current conflict between Congress and the White House over efforts to restrict normal agricultural practices.
Those involved with the litigation and others following similar actions around the United States say that every American farmer will be at similar risk if the Corps succeeds in this case.
The Corps and their lawyers refused to comment on this or any other issue and have refused to provide any information or even to reply on multiple requests.
Click here to read the rest of this 2,700+ word article
You may notice that the entire article (minus the exclusive VIP documents) will be free to the public.
Usually when I devote hours (and in this case, weeks) to an article, most of it is reserved for subscribers like you.
However, this topic is a very important one of broad significance to viticulture and agriculture in California and across the United States.
Because of that significance and public interest, I felt the need to reach as broad an audience as possible.
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