A lawsuit challenging North Dakota’s corporate farming law has been defeated. Over two years ago, NDFB filed the lawsuit claiming it was unconstitutional and discriminatory. Judge Daniel Hovland ruled the family farm exception was designed to “keep family farms viable.” The law was enacted in 1932, allowing only family farmers and ranchers or corporations owned by families to farm in North Dakota. The State of North Dakota defended the law and the North Dakota Farmers Union and Dakota Resource Council were granted intervenor status.
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