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Court Overturns Nebraska Corporate Farm Ban

posted on December 15, 2006

A federal appeals court this week declared Nebraska's 25-year-old ban on corporate farming to be unconstitutional. The three-judge panel ruled the ban, considered to be the toughest of its kind in the country, violated interstate commerce.

The court challenge stemmed from a lawsuit filed by ranchers who argued the ban prevented them from setting up family corporations or from combining resources with neighbors to control costs.

Attorney General Jon Bruning said he would ask the entire 8th Circuit Court of Appeals to rehear the case. But the chance of it agreeing to do so or of the U.S. Supreme Court agreeing to consider the case is "remote," plaintiffs' attorney Steve Grasz said.

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