Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Supreme Court Kills Federal Raisin Marketing Order

The Supreme Court decided 8 to 1 in an announcement made Monday that a federal regulation designed to control the supply of raisins in the marketplace violates the Fifth Amendment. The high court decided that such a rule constitutes a federal taking of private property and that the owner – in this case the farmer - must be compensated fairly. The federal marketing order for raisins has been in place since 1949. The ruling could affect other crops as well. There are marketing orders for a wide variety of crops, but not all of them require farmers to set aside a part of their production. Vic Bedoian reports from Fresno.