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Animal Identification : It’s Baaaaack

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“One should not forget however that NAIS still exists, just with an exciting new name : Animal Disease Traceability Framework or whatever it is being called this week.”

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In what has to be one of the most laughable complaints to emerge from the UK in the past month (besides the “hat wars” at the Royal Wedding of course Dahling), there is “dismay” from the National Farm Union over a program remarkably similar to the now defunct National Animal Identification System.

The British equivalent of The Farm Bureau here Stateside, not so long ago words emerged from the leadership as to the effect of EID on the Brit’s Livestock Industry. Livestock Board Chairman Mackintosh says:

 “As a sheep producer myself I fully understand the threat to our industry that EID poses. The Board and I will do everything within our powers to delay implementation of EID until a workable and crucially a cost effective solution can be found taking into account decisions already made at an EU level,” he said.

Oh complaints have been made over the years before the implementation, but the EU continued to “encourage” participation while ensuring that all the concerns would be taken into consideration. Of course small-scale livestock producers have been fighting since 2003 against this program (see here a short synopsis), but now the “Big Boys” are a bit miffed. One wonders why?

Well first look at the little list of what must be done to “comply”:

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• All sheep born or first tagged from 1 January 2010 (new sheep) must be identified with two identifiers bearing the same number

• Sheep still do not have to be tagged until they are nine months old or until they are being moved off the holding, whichever is the sooner The colour of the new EID tags and the matching conventional tags is yellow, but sheep producers may choose a different colour for the matching conventional tag if useful for on-farm management purposes

• Older sheep don’t have to be upgraded to EID if they don’t leave the holding and carry at least one old green tag More

Wisconsin DATCP: A rogue agency continues its assault on milk producers

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“A clear cut act of coercion, being forced to waive their rights just to market milk. “

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Yup! DATCP won again! As Mark and Jane Brothen pled no contest to charges of failure to register a premises.  

Unable to afford or procure competent counsel and lacking the ability to represent themselves left them with little choice, after all the state run education system falls grievously short of providing scholars of the necessary information to obtain due process of law, and deliberately so. 

Jubilant with their boot heel victory over another family farm Donna Gilson, spokesperson for DATCP, rushed to press somewhat prematurely as her announcement was three days prior to the entry in the court record.  An act in clear violation of Wisconsin Statutes  §943.201 except for one thing; Mark and Jane are licensed dairy producers and as part of the application for that license were forced to wave their privacy rights and allow DATCP to do whatever it wants with their information. 

Even when producers try and make a reservation of rights the heavy handed Cheryl Daniels wrote: 

 “If a person wants to be a dairy producer, they must submit the application as written.  If they want a license, they need to follow our rules.  Premises is a term under our statute. Have them resubmit the application or tell them it will be denied.”  

A clear cut act of coercion, being forced to waive their rights just to market milk.   More

Chemtrails over Wisconsin: No permits, no records

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While Wisconsin DATCP (Department of Trade and Consumer Protection) denies any permits have been issued or obtained, or permits for exemptions granted from either Statute 93.35 nor  ATCP 54.06; the skies in Wisconsin are covered in chemtrails. 

A reasonable person would expect that an agency charged with consumer protection would be enforcing these statutes. DATCP denies that an records exists concerning this activity, and yet the chemtrails are clearly visable for miles. 

Those doing the spraying are doing so “ultra vires”  meaning, without authority, and acting above the law.  Apparently, DATCP is facilitating this.

Guilty before trial: Wisconsin DATCP police state rolls on

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 WISCONSIN REPORTS

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DATCP JUDGE/JURY/ExecutionerThat’s what Dr. McGraw has determined I am, despite DATCP’s statements and records showing they registered my location and lack any reason for the visits or denial of my open records request.  Nice to know he is judge and jury all in one, must save a lot of time and expense for the state. More

Wisconsin continues its assault against independent agriculture

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As it was my intent to deliver three articles in sequence I found my life had again been invaded Thursday morning by an act of vandalism, a person or persons unknown to me entered my barn (burglary) released my animals (a felony in Wisconsin) and opened the doors to the grain storage areas allowing the animals to engorge themselves with grain.  This occurrence coincided with other acts of aggression to individuals opposed to the comprehensive land use plan.  There were three snowmobiles operating unlawfully on the road that night, in the past anyone complaining about such activity has been subject to acts of aggression, as in one case where the complainant had a snowmobiler drive into his driveway and discharge a firearm at his house.   More

Wisconsin weather modification program

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 Yesterday I finally received a response to my open records request to the Department of Ag Trade and Consumer Protection for “All licenses, permits, records, reports and notices of exempt operations pursuant to State statute § 93.35 and ATCP 54.06 regarding weather modification.”

  The response from Brian D. Kuhn was “We have no records of anyone ever having applied for a license or permit related to weather modification, nor have we any notices of exempt operations pursuant to statute §93.35 and ATCP 54.06.”   Interesting that the response took over a month before I received it, which raises questions the greater concern is that despite the extensive private and governmental record requirements impose by statute none exist in the history of the statute.  With the advent of the documentary “What in the World are They Spraying” a reasonable person would expect that an agency charged with consumer protection would be enforcing these statutes.

  DATCP’s track record for this type of protection is woefully inadequate, despite thousands of complaints only few are investigated and none are prosecuted.  Unless the complaint is generated by DATCP officials in order to obtain warrants to raid farms.  An act itself in violation of statute as all complaints must issue from a consumer inclusively.

  But living up to the letter of the law isn’t DATCP’s forte,   in fact in yet another open records request it came to light that Randy Romanski, the recently appointed Secretary is operating under color of office, having never taken his oath of office and recording said oath with the Secretary of State. 

    § 17.03 Vacancies, how caused. Except as otherwise provided, a public office is vacant when:

(7) A person elected or appointed or reelected or reappointed to any office neglects or refuses to take and file the official oath or to execute or renew the official bond if required, or to file the oath or bond as prescribed by law.
 Don’t get your hopes up, seems as though the black robe society has ruled that because the legislature provided no penalty provisions in the statute that anyone failing to file an oath or bond can continue in that position until successfully challenged and convicted in a court, and that all acts done in this dejure/defacto status are valid. .  How about plugging in a class I felony for failure to perform a ministerial duty?

 Interesting note is that there were no penalty provisions in the Premises Registration statute either.
  When DATCP can’t get what it wants directly they send in USDA APHIS to conduct night raids and interrogations of farmers, coercing farmers into signing affidavits, without counsel present, agreeing to answer questions regarding their farming activities.  Interesting coincidence that the raids initiated on the same day the USDA announced its appointments to citizens group for animal identification.  A reward for services rendered no doubt.
 
  This is the first of a three part series delving into the goings on here in wisconSIN. Next will be the states persecution of yours truly and the final segment as to the proposed remedy by Governor elect Walker.

And this week’s award goes to: Mr. Paul McGraw head of Wisconsin DATCP

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JACKASS ALERT!!

This week’s PPJ Gazette Jackass award goes to Mr. McGraw, head of Wisconsin’s Department of agriculture, trade, and consumer protection, or DATCP.

Mr. McGraw wants the residents of wisconsin to register any location in which livestock is kept.

Mr. McGraw has no rational reason for this; he just somehow got into the position of head of the department and the cooperative funding (bribery)  from the USDA just kept rolling in the door!  What’s a guy to do?

“Livestock” includes cattle and other bovine animals, swine, poultry, sheep, goats, horses and other equine animals, farm-raised deer and other cervids, gamebirds including pheasants, quail, wild turkeys, migrating waterfowl, pigeons, and exotic birds raised in captivity, bison, llamas and other camelids, ratites such as emus and ostriches, and fish.

Evidently, this is supposed to ensure that grandma’s pet goldfish doesn’t run amuck and unleash a dreaded disease on the state of Wisconsin. And, if a gaggle of migrating geese takes a dip in your pond before heading south for the winter, be prepared for a knock on the door by the Wisconsin DATCP enforcement division.

Yes, Mr. Mcgraw, for incredibly invasive policies and police-state tactics, you deserve this week’s PPJ Gazette Jackass award!

Wisconsin DATCP: A rogue agency and its war on Wisconsins’ farmers

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While Wisconsin politicians turn a blind eye and a deaf ear to the police state actions being carried out by the rogue Department of Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) agents for DATCP kick the efforts to eradicate family and independent farmers into high gear. 

 In an effort to force compliance to the Premises ID program, designed to convey title of property through the use of deception and coercion, to the federal government, agents arrived this morning on the private property of Paul Griepentrog, without warrant or complaint.  The agent for DATCP handed Paul several papers most of which were not applicable under the law, and several of which were in direct violation of Supreme Court rulings.  

DATCP, a rogue agency which has been challenged multiple times for its harassment of Wisconsin farmers and most especially dairy farmers, interfering in the lawful conduct of business, seizing and destroying personal property without cause or authority to do so, have  just met their match.  

A message from Paul Griepentrog:

Folks,

It has come to my attention that DATCP has ramped up enforcement of premises registration.  I received a visit from Randy Niederkorn this morning accompanied by a sheriff’s deputy, informing me that I would have to register in ten days or face prosecution.  I also received a call from Mark Brothen of Viroqua yesterday morning that he had received summons and complaint for failing to register. 

In Mark’s case DATCP refused to grant an administrative hearing twice.  DATCP is entering private property without warrant and complaint as required in the 1967 Supreme Court decision Camara v. Municipal Court were it states “Entry onto property by Public officials unconstitutional without warrant and complaint.” 

 The harassment of the states farmers by DATCP is in clear defiance of legislative intent as exemptions were written into statute however Dr. Ehlenfeldt refused to grant them.  There are others who have been notified of prosecution however have requested I not use their names. 

I personally cannot go against the Word of my God and will endure all, even death, rather than comply. 

Paul M. Griepentrog

W2402 Shady Knoll Rd.

Park Falls, Wisc. [54552]

715-762-1875

skfarms@centurytel.net

NAIS: Still the greatest threat to family ranchers and herders

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In response to the refusal of so many agricultural land owners to enter into the contract with state agencies that had taken bribe money euphemistically referred to as “co-operative funding” from the USDA, the state agencies began a campaign of extortion and coercion against agricultural land owners, withholding licensing, conducting swat team raids and destroying family businesses and lives. 

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The National Animal Identification System (NAIS) proposed by the USDA a few years back, resulted in a bitterly fought battle between government and livestock producers across the country. Most saw the hidden agenda for this theft of agricultural land and the attempts to also create “national herds”; depriving livestock owners of their property and relegating them to the status of “stakeholders”; meaning they owned nothing and only had an interest in, the livestock in question.  USDA, claiming the system was needed if they were to be able to quickly “trace back” the source of contaminated animal products versus, livestock producers who knew there was already a more than adequate system in place across the  country to do this very thing; one that had proven time again to be more than adequate.  It was this knowledge that an efficient system was already in place that tipped off the producers, and even those of us who aren’t producers, that something else was afoot.  Whatever that something was, we all knew that some other issue was at stake and there were those who were waiting in the wings to profit from it.  

Now, don’t get to thinking NAIS went away, because it didn’t.  As we reported last spring:

A March 2, 2010 Agriculture Committee hearing televised live on CSPAN gives a clear picture of what’s ahead for domestic farmers, ranchers and herders in the US..  Deputy Secretary Kathleen A. Merrigan cheerfully announced the “new age of enforcement” citing the intent to increase “risk assessment and better surveillance”.  In other words……based on only their assumption there might be a problem but with no real cause or evidence, the USDA in cooperation with bought and paid for state agriculture departments that took bribe money to implement the USDA business plans for creating a police state, USDA is stepping up its assault on domestic farming and ranching.” More

Wisconsin’s economy burns while politicians fiddle.

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While listening to WPR’s broadcast debate between the candidates for the 87th district I couldn’t help but notice that jobs and the economy were the high point of debate.  Interestingly enough, I’ve tried to contact both Mary Williams (incumbent) and Dana Schultz for interviews regarding issues concerning non corporate farms; they haven’t had time to respond.  Or is it: they don’t want to face the music? 

 

Could it be that the legislature itself has failed to recognize that their onerous lawmaking and subsequent rulemaking by administrative agencies has been stifling our economy?

 

The legislature has declared the owning of property, in the form of livestock and land, to be a crime.  More

The last gasp of the independent and family farmer: Durbin makes a last ditch effort to sell out American family farms and ranches

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The pressure is really on to ram S.510 Fake Food Safety through the Senate.  Democrats know they will most likely lose at least the House in the midterm, but I believe even they suspect they will lose the Senate too. Their corporate donors and investors want this bill passed.  They want an end to all competition from family and independent producers and complete control of the US food production and supply and too many politicians on both sides of the fictional isle owe too many of these big sponsors. They are going to sell us out while railing about how we can’t fix the system unless we pass this bill handing agriculture over to corporations and agreements meant to destroy the last vestige of our economy.  Claiming that the bill is supported by industry (red flag!!), he also claims consumer groups support the bill.  And some do.  But Senator Durbin never mentioned the massive outrage and backlash by the public in general over this obvious corporate coup’ being perpetrated by the District of Criminals.  

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As a C-Span junkie I can tell you I have seen copious amounts of  political manure spread just as thick as possible during hearings and what is supposed to pass for debates, but today in the Senate, I believe Senator Durbin topped the all time high “BS” mark for this particular pile of political manure. 

I could not believe this Senator actually stood on the floor of the Senate and bemoaned the suffering and deaths of American people; people who were sick and dying right at this moment! As a result of S.510 not being passed.  Unfortunate for the Senator was the fact that not one of those he alluded to would have been saved even had S 510 been passed years ago, as this bill does nothing to repair the damage done to the US food supply by the industrialization and centralization of food production and the continual contamination brought into the country hidden in uninspected imports. 

For some reason, the Senator believes that harassing family and independent producers by making it impossible for them to remain in business due to mountainous paperwork, redundant and unnecessary regulations, rules and faked “science” while under threats of imprisonment, warrantless search and seizure, a prohibition on judicial review, a complete abrogation of rights, will fix the food system.  He also very carefully avoided any mention of Codex Alimentarius written into the bill, or that little note at the very end saying that the bill could not obstruct any government agreement like CAFTA, NAFTA, GATT and most especially not the WTO. 

Add into this his belief that the converting of FDA and USDA into the national food police who don’t even have to have any evidence of wrong doing or of food contamination issues and who would not be bound by any provision of the Constitution or the rights of the people will somehow magically cure the problem of industrialized corporate farming and ranching that is causing illness, disease and massive health problems across the country.  More

How many Wisconsin DATCP goons does it take to inventory the personal food from a family’s private refridgerator?

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If you want a glimpse of what is ahead for you if S.510 passes, here it is. 

 These are Wisconsin predators, employed by DATCP to act under the color of law and against the people.  Earning from 65,000 thousand a year to as much as 105,000 per year, the goons in this video are set loose to harrass and terrorize selected Wisconsin dairy farmers who sell fresh raw milk. 

Unlawfully, and without a valid warrant, or any oaths of affirmation, private property was tresspassed, stolen, destroyed and otherwise rendered useless by  the goons who make their living preying on the public while wearing a government badge and collecting a huge paycheck. 

This attempt to terrorize and coerce this family into compliance was facilitated by the local sheriff who seemed very pleased with violating the rights of these private citizens.

By the way, S. 510 is very clear that dairy farms will be be a target of section 420 (e)

The latest USDA dog and pony show for implementing NAIS.

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         He presented the various disease trace back situations that had occurred in WI in the past conveniently omitting the pseudo rabies outbreak that involved the Emanuel Miller case.”

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Out with the old and in with the New

The latest USDA dog and pony show for implementing NAIS.

On August 18th in Madison WI the USDA presented its latest attempt to herd the producer masses down the squeeze chute to submission.  Although a show of hands revealed that less than 30% of attendees were in fact producers the audience other than USDA officials was rounded out by DATCP officials, tag company representatives, private vets, UW extension personnel, livestock market, and company reps. 

State and Federal personnel gave their individual spiels, WI state veterinarian Dr. Ehlenfeldt spoke about how the testimony he had given to the state legislature regarding how Wisconsin was going to lead the train in the traceability program and now it appears there is no train.   He presented the various disease trace back situations that had occurred in WI in the past conveniently omitting the pseudo rabies outbreak that involved the Emanuel Miller case.  Not surprising from a man who testified under oath in a Marquette Co. court room that there was no such thing as stray voltage at the outset of his career; a clear case of selective memory that has endured for some time.

Gary Tauchen, a state legislator spoke regarding how the latest traceability was needed to allow Wisconsin international access; as a long term band leader for Farm Bureau policy it was no surprise to find him playing the Codex tune.   More

A legal response to Wisconsin DATCP: Re: NOTICE OF INTENT OF FORCED PREMISES REGISTRATION

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Michael & Patricia Schneider file a legal response to the violation of property rights filed against them for refusing to register for premises ID inWisconsin; a voluntary law. 

 

The document below is the recorded response of the Schneiders’ to the attempts by DATCP to force them, using coercion and threat, to register their land, thereby forfeiting rightful ownership and control to the DATCP. 

 

Dr. Paul McGraw has responded to the Schneiders’ claiming that “DATCP has no obligation to respond to the substance of the communication.” Dr. McGraw is apparently unaware of his fiduciary duty to respond.  It is possible that he needs to seek legal council.

 

For those who have been raided without warrant or cause, by state agricultural agents operating under color of law, this is the first step in the process to reaffirm your rights. More

Midwest Hazmat Spill Alert

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by: Lynn Swearingen (c) copyright 2010 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Something quite frightening happened this morning at a yet undisclosed location of the Midwest United States. Notification was received of yet another oil containing fluid spill which is governed under the FDA (Foolish Damn Arrogance) arm of our Government.  The spill, while extremely small, has not yet been exempted from the current FDA rules and therefore the consequences could be devastating.

A liquid substance containing the following ingredients was inadvertently dispersed on a surface containing cementation materials such as fly ash  and slag cement, aggregate possibly containing a coarse aggregate made of gravels or crushed rocks such as limestone, or granite, plus a fine aggregate such as sand), water, and chemical admixtures.

  • B1 – thiamine
  • B2 – riboflavin More

Wisconsin DATCP: the flies are circling

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____”Had this bill passed, DATCP swat and raid teams would have been all over your dairy farms like flies on a dead cow.”  ******************

I tried to warn you back in November of 2009 that hiring lobbyists and handing your hard earned dollars over to national groups claiming to be prepared to defend you should you come under fire, was an exercise in futility.  And, after receiving yet another alert of a pending protest or whatever they were calling it, I couldn’t help but note this new alert that had come out at that time, strictly forbid any calls from outside the state of Wisconsin or anyone showing up in person to support Wisconsin family and independent dairy farmers.  This kind of support could set things back!  After all…you had a paid lobbyist along with a couple of big name national groups who were going to handle everything. Any “outsiders” would just mess things up! 

In fact, the emails that were sent around behind the scenes specifically mentioned my own efforts to gather farmers and herders from several states to travel to Wisconsin to stand with farmers there in solidarity.  This planned protest was called off at 3. a.m. in the morning via email by the very group that had called for it.  No explanation was ever given as to why: just the ensuing organizational alert forbidding the interference from “outsiders”.  Now didn’t any of you think that was just a little on the odd side? 

Somewhere around this same time an obviously faked version of a milk bill was published as some kind of evidence that action was being taken.  When the fraud was exposed, a bill was quickly cobbled together which I can only assume was the pretext for the Milk Bill that just got vetoed by Gov. Doyle.  More

Wisconsin: There will be no re-hearing of Amish case

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Emanuel Miller, an Amish from Wisconsin was targeted by DATCP and prosecuted for refusing to register his property under the supposed “voluntary” Wisconsin law.  This case was not only about forcing compliance to what was passed and publicized as a voluntary law by the Wisconsin legislature, it was also about the separation of church and state.  Had DATCP been successful in abrogating Mr. Miller’s right to adhere to his religious beliefs, the precedence would have been set to be used in future cases as the weapon to strike down relgious beliefs as a legitimate defense against government encroachement. 

Thank you to Judge Jon Counsell for this decision.

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HEARING ON PREMISE REGISTRATION CASE CANCELED
Friday, May 7th, 2010 — 11:42 am
Posted by Paul Knoff, News Director

A Clark County Judge has canceled a motions hearing in a controversial court case.

Judge Jon Counsell was scheduled to hold a hearing on a motion to reconsider his ruling in the Emanuel Miller Jr. case this afternoon, but on-line records say the hearing has been canceled per his request. More

Wisconsin DATCP: Still rewriting the laws

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“The snake ain’t dead folks it’s just shed its skin and taken on a new look”.  More

It’s decision time on raw milk legislation

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Live Link: The Country today

It soon will be decision time for legislators on the controversial issue of whether to allow raw milk sales in Wisconsin.The last day of the current legislative session is April 22, although the legislative calendar indicates lawmakers could be in session for “limited business” May 4-6.Regardless of whether the legislative session ends April 22 or May 6, the clock is ticking.

Bills that aren’t approved by May 6 will die a quiet death. They would have to be reintroduced in January 2011 after a new governor and legislators are elected.

Jeff Buhrandt, an aide to state Sen. Pat Kreitlow, D-Chippewa Falls, a key sponsor of the Senate version of the bill, said proponents aren’t sure when or if the legislation will be voted on in the final days of the legislative session.

“We’re still kind of working through that,” Buhrandt said. “We’re continuing to push. But I can’t say definitely whether we will have a vote before the session ends.”

Gov. Jim Doyle said he would have to see what the bill contains before deciding whether to sign it.

Meanwhile, a Raw Milk Working Group recently met for the first time to try to come up with a consensus on whether and how raw milk should be legalized in Wisconsin. The working group includes raw milk advocates, farmers, milk plant officials, university specialists and others.

If approved as written with the latest amendment, the raw milk bill would sunset on Dec. 31, 2011. Legislative sponsors say this would give officials time to come up with a long-term solution, perhaps incorporating the input from the Raw Milk Working Group. More

Wisconsin: Amish win case against DATCP

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Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

NEILLSVILLE, Wis. (AP) — An Amish livestock farmer who refused to follow a 2005 Wisconsin law requiring him to register his land and livestock has won a legal battle with state regulators.

Clark County Circuit Judge Jon Counsell on Tuesday ruled in favor of Emanuel Miller Jr., of Loyal, who was accused of violating the law meant to help regulators track animal diseases.

Some Amish say the tracking system would amount to the “mark of the beast” mentioned in the Bible as being related to Satan.

Counsell determined that the state did not show why alternatives that would not affect Miller’s religious freedom would not be just as effective.

Assistant state veterinarian Paul McGraw told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that he expects the state to appeal.

–Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.com

Wisconsin:Candidate Taylor to attend the WI Raw Milk Bill (SB 434) Public Hearing

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US Senate candidate Rob Taylor today issues an apology to the farmers, raw milk consumers and his supporter. Taylor said “I must have been drinking milk treated with chemicals yesterday, for me to support this bill. I want to tell everyone that I am not in support of this bill as it stands. What I wanted to say that I am glad we have a bill moving in the direction of allowing raw milk sales and consumption.” Taylor went on to say that “everyone knows that I am a supporter of the local and small family farmers who produce raw milk and I am an advocate of the raw milk and honey movement and this bill has language in it that will destroy the farmers.”
 
In a phone interview Taylor reported that “it is time for the people of Wisconsin to have the right to raw milk, honey and other food that they deem healthy.” Taylor is known to show up at the raw milk rallies, often speaking to the crowds. He has also supported people such as Max Kane in his fight to produce and sell raw milk.The hearing is schedule as follows:http://www.wisconsinagconnection.com/story-state.php?Id=238&yr=2010

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Time: 10:00am – 1:00pm

Location:

Chippewa Valley Technical College Room 106/Auditorium 620 West Clairemont Ave Eau Claire, WI 54701s

On the web site Raw Milk: The Whole Truth by chef jem they point out:

1000 More People Needed In Wisconsin To Help Support Raw Milk Bill

Help Support Wisconsin Raw Milk Bill Which would allow consumer access to raw milk products direct from Wisconsin Dairy Farms

Wisconsin raw milk bill (AB 628) was introduced in the Assembly on December 18, 2009.

The bill was referred to Committee on Rural Economic Development.

Wisconsin raw milk bill (SB 434) was introduced in the Senate on December 21, 2009.

The bill was referred to Committee on Agriculture and Higher Education.

The Raw Milk Bill hearings for both the ASSEMBLY and the SENATE have been combined into one joint-hearing:

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

10:00 am

Chippewa Valley Technical College

620 W. Clairemont Ave.

Eau Claire, WI 54701

Room 106/Auditorium

When entering the main doors, continue straight until you come to the wall of pictures. Turn left; the Auditorium is on the right.

Parking is in the visitor lot at the southwest corner of the building and in the student lot across Clairemont Ave.

We need people to show up at this Joint Public Hearing in support of the Raw Milk Bill.

It has been noted that each person that appears at the hearing counts as 10 votes.

If we have any chance at all of getting this bill to pass, we must convince these two committees that YOU, the consumer, want it. Numbers speak we need hundreds, if not thousands of people to be present at this combined hearing!

Gather your friends, family, neighbors, etc., to attend these this history-making event.

If you would like to speak at the hearing, please enter that on your registration card when you enter. You may be limited to 2-3 minutes. It would be a good idea to have copies of your speech to the committee members.

And on the facebook page for Alliance for Raw MilkThey make the following pea:This is it folks!

It has been noted that for each person that appears in person, the committee looks upon each one as 10 votes.

If we have any chance at all of getting this bill to pass, we must convince these two committees that YOU want it. Numbers speak! We are asking everyone to gather friends, family, neighbors, etc., to attend these hearings.

Wisconsin raw milk bill, as introduced in the Senate on December 21, 2009

(LRB-3242/3) as SB 434. Referred to Committee on Agriculture and Higher Education.

We urge all of Wisconsin to attend, write, phone, email their support of this bill.

  
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WISCONSIN: WICFA prepares for raw milk meeting

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LADIES & GENTLEMEN

If you are attending the Raw Milk Hearing that is scheduled for March 10, 2010, in Eau Claire, WI please give us a call or send an email so that we can make sure that we will not all be speaking about the same things. Our website has been updated with information about where the hearing is being held and at what time. Additionally, we started a new discussion on the Facebook page that is centered on the above piece by our Vice President, Paul M. Griepentrog.

Additionally, I am sorry about this coming out so late but I have been extremely busy and figured that you already knew about the hearing in Eau Claire as well as the fact that the one for the 16th in Madison was canceled because of the shear volume of emails I have been receiving about these very things. WICFA’s voice is being heard as we have been obtaining space in both the opinion sections of agricultural newspapers as well as being included in some articles in the same papers. We might be small right now but we are having an impact. Keep paying attention to what is going on and keep us up to date.

Thanks for all that you do,

Clifford J. Cordell II

WICFA – President

(715) 418-0424

cj@wicfa.org

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Wisconsin’s Raw Milk Bills, Food Freedom or Fascism?

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The bills require a Grade A license in order to sell raw milk. In order to obtain this or any other license from the Department of Ag Trade and Consumer Protection you must comply with all other provisions of administrative code.

What does this mean? Well with Dr. Paul McGraw’s statement to Central Wisconsin Broadcasting Network that Wisconsin will move forward with full NAIS compliance. Therefore supporting the raw milk bill requiring a Grade A license is a mandate for NAIS. Proof of this lies in the transcript from Emanuel Miller’s evidentiary hearing.

p.187 Dr. McGraw: starting at line 15 “What I am saying is that if someone applies for a dairy license and they said, I want to register, but I am not going to approve you to register the premises, then we can’t register the premises just so they can get the dairy license. They have to choose to if they want the dairy license, they need to register their premises.”

The NGO’s along with the LLCs actually end up working with DATCP through the raw milk bill, when corporations work with government it is fascism.

Neither DATCP or the State of Wisconsin can adopt International Standards in the form of Codex Alimentarius

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Dear Senator Decker,
Just a note to remind you that neither DATCP or the State of Wisconsin can adopt International Standards in the form of Codex Alimentarius, in so far as International Standards can only be adopted by Federal authority pursuant to the Supremacy Clause which reserves the right of international treaty to the Fed.
The bill does nothing to stop adulterated honey either dilute with corn syrup or contaminated by antibiotics.  In fact if Codex standards were effective why wasn’t contaminated Chinese honey kept from entering the country in the first place.  Where were  the FDA and USDA when this occurred.  Instead of dealing with the failed agencies which would include DATCP for allowing it into the state you seek to force Wisconsin producers to bear the burden for the failure of the aforementioned administrative agencies.   Why hasn’t DATCP ordered the removal of contaminated products?  Is it that it’s easier to burden the state’s producers than to deal with Walmart and the big chain stores?
I await your reply.
Paul Griepentrog

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WICFA STATEMENT OF OPPOSITION TO SB 434 & AB 628

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Hello WICFA Friends and Members,

We have completed the revision of our statement of opposition to the “Raw Milk Bill”, SB 434 and AB 628. Please read it through and give careful consideration to the points that are raised. You can find a link to the bills on our raw milk page to read them for yourself. The opposition statement is attached to this email and is available on the website as well.

If you agree that we should not take whatever can be achieved instead of standing firm and holding out for a bill that is beneficial to all raw milk producers, no matter what the size of their operation, then print off some copies of our opposition statement and distribute them to friends, family, and your neighbors.

We must let our representatives in Madison hear from us as well. Please contact your assembly person and senator to let them know that they should not vote in favor of the “Raw Milk Bill”. We need to make sure that our voices are heard.

Do not let our food choices be regulated by DATCP and corporate interest.

“If the people let government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny” Thomas Jefferson

Sincerely,

Clifford J. Cordell II
WICFA – President
cj@wicfa.org
www.wicfa.org

 WICFA STATEMENT OF OPPOSITION TO SB 434 & AB 628 can be read here:  WICFA STATEMENT

Wisconsin Senate Bill 419 “who’s your honey now” bill

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Link:   Wisconsin Senate Bill 419 

In my discussion with a legislative staffer regarding the intent of this legislation I was informed of the following;

  1.  Complaints regarding adulteration would be generated at the consumer level.
  2. DATCP would then take the remaining material for testing regarding possible additions of high fructose corn syrup.
  3. If adulterations were detected DATCP would then forward complaint against distributers of the adulterated honey.
  4. The program would be voluntary for participation of Wisconsin honey producers. READ MORE

OFFICIAL VIDEO: Part 2 “Raw Milk Rally the Saga Continues…” Max Kane’s Court Date

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This is a mix video from the Raw Milk Rally and Max Kane’s court date on 12-21-09 in Viroqua, Wisconsin. Supporters came in from around North America to participate.  

Keep an eye on Wisconsin,  what happens there is and will happen be happening across the country as private and independent farmers are forced out of business in favor of multi-national corporations. 

Scott Trautman says enough: Chaining himself to WI Governor’s mansion, food & water strike 4pm Christmas Eve

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Hello everyone,
 
This was not what I intended to do this Christmas. This is not making my family, my wife, three young children, happy one tiny bit.
But the evil in Wisconsin is so great, the intensity of pressure on our farm so massive, I am left with no other option.
Cheryl Daniels and Jackie Owens of Rod Nuelstein’s DATCP, Department of Ag Trade & Consumer Protection, Food Safety division, has attempted to torment us over the past two months, trying to make me shut up about the illegality, the scandal, the misuse of power up there. Their plan is to intimidate, and they have succeeded in removing, unjustly, our last ability to make a living: our meat licenses. Which of course I am welcome to appeal: To Rod Nuelstein. How do you think that’s going to go? When do you think he’ll make time for that? That is but one indication of how out of wack – out of control — non-democratic – that agency is. The meat licenses have nothing to do with their Raw Milk case. There is but one purpose: shut Scott Trautman up. Their arrogance is incredible.
 
Our media has a limited attention span, which Rod understands, and has used: to sound great in the word, but no one follows up to see just what he does.
Perhaps a farmer chaining himself to the governor’s MANSION and refusing all food and water will be enough of a “media event” to bring the proper light to this situation.
 
I am not asking anyone to join me at this time, I do not desire to ruin the holidays of good people everywhere — but I will be ‘on the wall’ for as long as it takes.
 
99 Cambridge Road
Madison, WI 53704-5961
(608) 246-5501
 
See my posting for further details, look back – way back – to all my blog postings, way back to the beginning, and see my character vs. Rod Nuelstein’s.
I am ashamed of our Governor, Doyle, whom I was under the illusion was a friend to the people of Wisconsin. Turns out he’s just another scumbag politician.
 
 
Please pray for me and my family. We WILL endure, we WILL see a bright future for Wisconsin, we WILL have our New Golden Age of Dairy in Wisconsin.
 
Scott Trautman, Proud Dairyman from Wisconsin
Scott & Julie Trautman, Trautman Family Farm
2049 Skaalen Rd, Stoughton WI 53589
family@trautman.net  http://www.trautmanfarm.com (608)205-9798
Grassfed Beef, Pastured Pork & Poultry, Awesome Eggs & Dairy
MOSA certified organic farm
We sell healthy, tasty, world responsible food to people just like you. Resolve that 2009 will be your year to make a difference in your health and the world.

Controlled opposition: How the private dairy industry is being coached to self destruct

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“In my considered opinion: Anyone telling you to sit down and shut up; anyone telling you they are “negotiating” your God-given right to conduct a lawful business: anyone using access to funds as leverage in an effort to control your response to these assaults, should be carefully considered.  You need to be asking yourself; “Who are these people really working for?”

A recent email I received from a gentleman in Wisconsin spoke of having to choose his alliances carefully.  Seems he had been admonished by someone in a group he was part of, to steer clear of other groups who might have the same goals in mind, but a different methodology of getting there.  Those who differed with his groups’ methodology should be avoided at all costs!  My new correspondent was taking this advice into consideration as he also considered the fact the person giving it was holding the purse strings on the account used to pay the lobbyist who supposedly was working on behalf of the group he belongs to. 

During this back and forth I was asked what I thought of selecting only a few individuals to go in front of the December 17th meeting on the two pending dietary licensing bills in Madison: SB115 AND AB440   as opposed to mobilizing a state wide effort and showing up en masse to confront the DATCP board so intent on stripping away their rights. 

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Constitution Party US Senate candidate pushes reform of Raw Milk and Premises ID

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Taylor’s campaign has put on the web site a petition that people can fill out, so it can be presented at Max’s and the Monchilovichs’ trials. The petition can be found at: http://www.robtaylorforsenate.com/farmers_need_us.php

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Attending the WICFA coalition meeting on Saturday December 12th for the Constitution Party of Wisconsin (CPoW) will be their US Senate Candidate for WI, Rob Taylor. He will be there to gain information, build support and to spread the word of what is happening to our freedoms and the family farmers. The message that he will be sending is to defend and protect the Constitution of the United States, and the Wisconsin state constitution, to perserve the middle class and support small to mid-size family farms.

Letters of support from his campaign office have been going out to everyone in Wisconsin and surrounding states. So far the message is receiving tremendous support. “We have to let people know what our socialist government is doing and HAS been doing for a long time.” says Taylor

Working with Marti Oakley of the PPJ Gazette and reformers such as Max Kane (Raw Milk Movement) and Mike Krsiean (CPoW candidate for 3rd Congressional District) to overcome the restrictions that the USDA and the DATCP is placing on famers and consumers, Taylor’s message on the PPJ web site is: “This isn’t the work of just one of the parties but of both of them, It’s all about power and greed. Our so called representatives get that by helping the friends in the BIG-FARM industry. We know where the campaign funds come from and we know our leaders are puppets for the industry.” More

“The Lost People Exploited. What those who actually live in Wisconsin really think

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Foreword:  An announcement was posted yesterday by Judith McGeary of Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund (FTCLDF) saying that FTCLDF had filed an Amicus brief in the Emmanuel Miller Case.  Below is the actual and original AMICUS filed by Paul Griepentrog in December of 2008 on behalf of Emmanuel Miller.  Mr. Griepentrog can supply copies of original documents showing notary, certification, court time/date stamp and fees paid.  Why would FTCLDF file, or claim to have filed, an AMICUS brief when they have steadfastly refused to enter into, appear on behalf of, or show any interest in these prosecutions prior to this?   Contact: Paul Griepentrog at skfarms@centurytel.net  to request copies of the original documents showing certification and acceptance.

This post includes these documents:
INTERVENER TO FILE BRIEF OF AMICUS CURIAE IN SUPPORT OF DEFENDANT
  • VERIFICATION OF THE ADMISSION OF FACTS BY THE PARTIES
  • NOTICE OF ACTIVATION OF ESTOPEL
  • ADMISSION TO INQUIRIES             
  • VERIFICATION OF THE ADMISSION OF FACTS BY THE PARTIES
  • CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE

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Where did these people come from?

There are 22 groups listed below that have signed on an amicus brief that alleges to support Emanuel Miller.  This brief advocates a voluntary premises registration program in Wisconsin.  In as much as it was the intent of the legislature that participation be voluntary when the existing legislation was passed we can only assume these groups wish to further the suffering we now endure.  This brief is of no benefit to those of us here.  The religious convictions of Mr. Miller were established at trial and have no need of reiteration.  Nor do any of us here wish to endure any form of premises registration, having faced the persecution of an overzealous Agriculture Department that refused to allow any exemptions despite the intent of the legislature.

We find the only in state group signed on to this is the Family Farm Defenders who in a quest to further their own groups funds by selling toasted cheese sandwiches at an event by Michael Pollan in Madison and completely forgot Emanuel Miller’s Trial.  This group opposed supporting our lobbying efforts for Scott Suder’s bill.

We find R-CALF USA who having been apprised of the situation for over a year in reports I gave to the Animal ID Committee on a monthly basis, now in violation of their own policy which states they are opposed to all forms of NAIS.  When I went to them wanting an alert when Pat and Melissa were charged my pleas fell on deaf ears, only a week before the trial did they finally put out an alert, despite their claims that this was not a national issue. 

Where are those claims now when these out of state national groups seek to interfere and counter the work that is being done here? 

We seek to overturn the statute and end this nightmare, but the groups listed below want this to continue.  Not one of them I contacted had read the brief or contacted the only group here actively involved in supporting those facing prosecution, the Wisconsin Independent Consumers and Farmers Association (WICFA).

There were no representatives at either trial from any of these groups, a true reflection of their concern.  This act on their part is to derail our efforts to have the enabling legislation declared null and void and free ourselves completely from this burden.  Voluntary is not acceptable to us and would be as a snake coiled in the corner ready to strike again. 

In the words of Emanuel Miller “On this there can be no compromise.” More

Wisconsin: A state under seige by its own government

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“The actions of state agencies complicit with state elected officials, shows malice and forethought with the intent to benefit not only the state monetarily, but also specific corporations who also intend to benefit from the prosecutions.  It is not as if they didn’t or don’t know what they are doing.  This was planned and pre-meditated, and state officials and agencies in collusion with the USDA and corporate profiteers knew full well the harm they intended to inflict on the private property owners of the state and that these actions would drive many farmers and ranchers off their land and out of business. “

It seems rather apparent with the extensive abuses of agency offices and personnel supported and encouraged by elected officials, even if only by their silence; their refusal to act on behalf of the citizens, and their obvious disregard for property and individual rights, maybe Wisconsin needs to clean house. 

The oath of office taken by your elected government officials is a contract affirmed by oath.  Under contract law, that oath has been breached by the various compacts, contracts, and entry into agreements, business plans and other instruments which are intended to cause harm to the citizens of the state of Wisconsin and the contract is now voided.  Boot them out of office.

About the Selling of Fresh Milk

The recent offering of what is supposed to pass for a proposed bill to protect the right of Wisconsin dairy farms from further prosecution and persecution by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture and Consumer Protection (DATCP) would have been comical had it not been presented as a means to allow dairy farmers to trade freely what is known to be a wholesome and natural product: fresh milk.

The fact is, even if this limited proposal (as questionable as it is) had any legitimacy, it falls far short of what is desperately needed to reign in the activities of DATCP: an agency which has far exceeded any lawful or constitutional boundaries; yet not one state legislator has acknowledged the egregious activities this agency is engaged in against the sovereign citizens of the state.  In fact, it was state and federal legislators who entered into cooperative agreements with the USDA, accepting millions on behalf of the state to implement USDA business plans that clearly violated not only state, but federal constitutions.  More

WICFA: Statement of opposition to LRB3242/3

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The proposed draft is inadequate in addressing the concerns of fresh milk producers throughout the state, and does not fall within the mission statement of this organization.

The proposed draft states no author, and is applicable to Grade A dairies only, a license that requires a contract with a milk processor as a predetermining factor, this forced contract is a violation of Federal Uniform Commercial Code as it manifests as coercion. 

Furthermore some milk processing companies require exclusive contracts from their producers in direct violation of the Sherman Anti Trust Act. 

The hundreds of small herd owners concerns are not addressed in any fashion in this proposal.  

This proposal forwarded by an inclusive group known to advocate to the members not speaking to the press, not contacting anyone beyond their legislative area, not sharing information outside the group, in an effort to deny First Amendment freedoms. 

These freedoms were bought with blood, and we will not dishonor those who have given their all to procure and defend them. 

Further directives were issued to not have out of state individuals involved, and yet an out of state organization’s officials have been contacting legislators and DATCP officials  without having registered as lobbyists in this state as required for anyone reimbursed by an organization in an amount of $500 or more.  Those officials contacted have a burden as well to report these contacts and are complicit in this act.

Such is the murk and quagmire of politics in Madison.

Therefore the Wisconsin Independent Consumers and Farmers Assn. in an

effort to hold to a higher standard will be opposing the raw milk proposed

draft in its present form.

Wisconsin: Heroes will just set things back……Oh! The drama of it all!

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JACKASS ALERT # 9   EDITED WITH SOME REALLY IMPORTANT NEWS!

I just received an alert from what has become a somewhat infamous national organization; infamous for its lack of, well, almost anything that would matter.   It is another of their “Action Alert!’s.  (Oh!  I’m so excited!)

Update:!!

Senator Kreitlow and Representative Danou

Co-Sponsorship of LRB 3242/3-Allowing the Sale of Raw Milk

“We are introducing legislation that would permit the sale of raw milk directly from Wisconsin farms in certain controlled conditions

I cannot believe these public officials attached their names to this.  As written or lifted from some old document…….this would effectively drive a large number of small producers out of business as a minimum requirement of 60 dairy cows would be necessary to engage in fresh milk sales to one of only three buyers who have cornered that market. (With a little help from their friends)

In any event if this bogus “proposal” that is being promoted as a possible draft of a bill were in fact a reality, it would be laughed out of the legislature.  This “proposal” is not properly prepared and is simply a cleaned up version of the same thing posted to several sites after the last call to sit down and shut up went out on the March 11, 2009 to stifle any meaningful protest of DATCP unconstitutional actions and policies.

2009 BILL……is not a title.  (we don’t know what it is: maybe you will be receiving a statement in the mail)

Your Wisconsin legislative period will end in May.  This “proposal” is not properly formatted, titled, or showing any basis in law.  Nor is it showing any author or who might possibly be promoting it.  No legislator will even consider it in this form; at least not one who is on the level. (It just goes to show ya! Two just popped up!) 

This “proposal” mysteriously appeared out of no where and is floating somewhere in the legislature with two new sponsors, no bill number and no one looked at this and realized it was worthless?  And it occurs to me I saw this same thing about five or six years ago somewhere else. I’ll have to look into that.

Maybe someone might have been better off to look into the Sherman Act dealing with anti-trust.  Monopolies are illegal.  So are monopsony’s. More

Wisconsin: Dairy farmers told to remain silent

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0511-0904-2714-0784To: Wisconsin Dairy Farmers:

You might want to look into the anti-trust lawsuit filed in October of this year on behalf of dairy farmers in the northeast facing the same situations you are: and Wisconsin is mentioned in this suit.  Its not all that needs to be done, but it is a starting point and one I am sure no one told you about no matter how many times you hit the “donate” button. 

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In response to the alert listed below, sent to the Vice President of WICFA, a request was made to gather all the support we could for Wisconsin dairy farmers who have been relentlessly harassed by the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) and their constantly changing regulations that have no other intent than to disrupt the dairy farming industry in order to force compliance to unconstitutional and unlawful regulations.  Citizens Committee  link.

The PPJ Alliance took this seriously and we answered this call for support.  At the eleventh hour, this same organization sending this Action Alert out, and a national foundation along with a few locals…….pulled the rug out from under the dairy farmers and called off any public protest of DATCP and their police state policies.

I suspect there is far more to this than the dairy men are aware of.  No media, no news coverage, no public attention to what is happening?  And in fact, you were all told NOT to show up at a public meeting? 

It seems to me there is a possibility that something was in the works you dairy folk aren’t supposed to know about…….and now that we here at the PPJ acted on your behalf……it appears some are suggesting we be the targeted scapegoat for what could be a process still in negotiations……just waiting for the right time to drop the gavel. 

That’s just my opinion of course.  Time will tell.  For those who might believe they will use us to explain their failure to yield positive results…….we’re waiting. 

Marti Oakley

UPDATE:  It is being suggested by people who were not in attendance at the Madison meeting that those who were there raged, stomped their feet and acted irrationally. 

Those who were in attendance reported that the meeting was civil and well received…….there was no bad behavior exhibited by anyone on either side. More

Derry Brownfield: The voice in the heartland

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We send our thanks and gratitude to national radio host Derry Brownfield who pre-empted his daily show to allow us to help get the word out that Wisconsin dairy farmers needed support at the November 11, 2009, Madison Wisconsin meeting of the Citizens Advisory Committee for DATCP.  

The idea that Derry was willing at a moments notice to lend his airtime and his support to Wisconsin’s battle is commendable to say the least.   

Thank you also, to all of Derry’s listeners who headed for Wisconsin to stand with the Wisconsin dairymen in this battle to preserve their rights and their property.   

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Monday thru Fridays at 10 AM CST

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Contact: derry@derrybrownfield.com

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Wisconsin dairy farmers under attack from DATCP

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Jackass alert # 7

getimageIt appears a newly announced meeting has been scheduled for Wisconsin dairy farmers, with Wisconsin, Department of Agriculture ,Trade and Consumer Protection” also known as DATCP. 

I have this odd feeling that DATCP actually stands for “Department of Agricultural Terrorists, Corruption and Politics”; but that’s just what I think.  I could be totally wrong. More

Wisconsin dairy farmers: Let DATCP hear you!

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Opportunity arises!!!

DATCP board is meeting on Nov 11th with public comment period beginning at 10:30 am in Madison. Max Kane called me with this information. Attached is the agenda and members bio provided by Max. More

WICFA: Wisconsin organization gearing up for the coming battles

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ppjg-48Hello WICFA Friends and Members:                                
 
We have some good news and some news that is not so good. 
 
First of all, we have rebuilt the WICFA website.  We have thrown away the frames construction of the previous version so that it will be much easier to view the site in its entirety using just about any screen resolution.  I hope that you find the new version easier to read and navigate.  If you have any content that would be helpful for others to be able to view, please forward it to cj@wicfa.org and we would be glad to review it and possibly post it to our website.  We are looking for some help in putting information together about the raw milk persecutions that are starting to spread around the state.  Can you imagine that, we love to call ourselves the dairy state and our state is now attacking farmers for doing just that, dairying? More

Notes from Wisconsin: Something funny happened after court the other day!

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surrender_forever_sHaving attended the trial of Pat and Melissa Monchilovich at Balsam Lake, I found it more like viewing a site being cleared by a bulldozer.  Judge Molly GaleWyrick cleared the path for Wisconsin’s Department of Agriculture to further its agenda of an alleged disease control program.   The Media in their true slanted fashion picked away at the obstructions around the edges, avoiding the hard facts like stones.

I had arrived at Pat’s house before the trial to find a young family supported by the community via phone calls and a helpful sister in law waiting to baby sit.  Pat was understandably nervous, as a way of life he had come to know for generations was being threatened. 

During the proceedings the Judge indicated that Pat and Melissa should have made their arguments in an administrative hearing not in her courtroom.  Interesting thought, as the original motion to dismiss voided by the Judge was based on the failure of DATCP to provide just such a hearing. 

When Pat raised the point of not having a premises on title, the Judge turned to the assistant district attorney Moria Ludvigson for an explanation of what Pat was saying, “he must mean that there isn’t a 911 address where the cattle are kept” Moria replied.  More

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