The Wenatchee World

Weather:

Weather

The latest extended forecast from The Weather Channel

Remove this weather forecast

Air Stagnation Advisory issued February 08 at 2:36PM PST until February 13 at 10:00AM PST by NWS

...AIR STAGNATION ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM PST SATURDAY... THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SPOKANE HAS ISSUED AN AIR STAGNATION ADVISORY...WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM PST SATURDAY. * AIR QUALITY...LIGHT EAST WINDS AND A TEMPERATURE INVERSION WILL HEIGHTEN THE POTENTIAL FOR ELEVATED POLLUTION LEVELS IN CENTRAL

Overnight

Lo29° Partly Cloudy

Tuesday

Hi43° Patchy Fog

Tuesday Night

Lo31° Patchy Fog

Wednesday

Hi44° Patchy Fog

Wednesday Night

Lo36° Chance Sprinkles

Thursday

Hi45° Mostly Cloudy

Thursday Night

Lo38° Slight Chance Showers

Friday

Hi45° Chance Rain

Friday Night

Lo37° Chance Rain

Saturday

Hi44° Slight Chance Rain

Court ruling on raisins could impact all U.S. ag marketing

Send to Kindle
Print This

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court opened the door Monday for California raisin growers to challenge the constitutionality of a Depression-era farming law that requires them to keep part of their annual crop off the market.

In a 9-0 ruling, the justices cleared the way for Marvin and Laura Horne from Fresno to argue that this “mandatory reserve” program takes away their private property without just compensation.

This is America, not a communist state,” they said upon filing their suit. They cited years in which producers were required to send 47 percent and 30 percent of their crop to a “reserve pool” controlled by a government-sponsored marketing board.

These raisins may be given to schools for their lunch programs or sold overseas, but the growers often receive little or nothing for these raisins, they said.

The high court’s ruling was procedural only. It sent the Hornes’ case back to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco to decide whether this forced taking of part of their raisin crop is unconstitutional. But if they were to prevail in the case, it could lead to a broad challenge to government-sponsored agricultural marketing orders.