A California farmer is fighting the government to keep the fruits of his labor.
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Raisin farmer Marvin Horne is heading to the Supreme Court on Wednesday in a bid to stop the federal government from demanding he hand over his dried fruit crop — almost half of it — without “just compensation.” He plans to argue that the government is violating his 5th Amendment rights, under a decades-old policy.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, “handlers” of raisins, who package the crop, must hand over a portion of their yield each year. But “producers,” who actually grow the raisins, get to keep all the fruits of their labor.