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Nebraska Wants U.S. Supreme to Decide Corpoprate Farm Issue

posted on December 22, 2006

The state of Nebraska plans to take to the U.S. Supreme Court its case over the ban on corporate farms. Last week a panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the state's nearly 25-year-old ban on corporate farmers. The appeals court said the ban violates the federal commerce clause of the U.S. Constitution and unfairly burdens out-of-state economic interests.

In 1982, voters in Nebraska passed a constitutional amendment to prohibit corporations and certain other business entities from owning farmland or engaging in agricultural activity – although there are numerous exceptions.


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