Federal District Court Allows North Dakota Farmers Union and Dakota Resource Council to Intervene in Corporate Farming Law Challenge

 

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Photo by Scott Bauer, USDA-NRCS

 

This post is not legal advice.

In a prior post, I discussed the ongoing battle in North Dakota by the North Dakota Farm Bureau challenging the constitutionality of the state’s ban on non-family corporations owning farmland in North Dakota (www.aglaw.umd.edu/blog/ anti-corporate-farming-law-challenged-in-north-dakota). The federal district court in North Dakota recently granted a motion by the North Dakota Farmers Union (NDFU) and the Dakota Resource Council (DRC) to intervene in defense of the law. The district court ruled that both parties had interests in protecting that law that were separate and distinct from North Dakota’s interests. Both parties will be allowed to defend the constitutionality of the ban on non-family corporations owning farmland in North Dakota against the challenge by North Dakota Farm Bureau (North Dakota Farm Bureau, 2017). Continue reading