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Hershberger had been representing himself since the criminal complaint was filed against him in January 2012. FTCLDF vice president and Wisconsin attorney, Elizabeth Rich, will be litigating the case. Rich has over twenty years experience in the Wisconsin courts.
Hershberger has been charged with operating a retail food establishment without a license, operating a dairy farm as a milk producer without a license and violating a holding order issued by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP). The holding order prohibited anyone from removing food products from coolers that had been taped in Hershberger’s farm store.
The court’s ruling in the Hershberger case could have a huge impact on the availability of raw milk for Wisconsin consumers. DATCP has been attempting to limit consumer access to raw milk, a ruling in Hershberger’s favor would be a major setback for the agency.