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Supreme Court ruling upholds private property rights

On June 23, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that California regulations allowing labor organizations access to farms is, in essence, a government taking of private property. 

The case, Cedar Point Nursery vs. Hassid, had to do with two instances where United Farm Workers (UFW) representatives went onto farm property to consult with laborers. UFW filed unfair labor practice complaints in each instance, citing state regulations that allow labor organizations to, after giving advance notice, meet on the farm with laborers. 

The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) filed two amicus briefs with the Supreme Court, arguing that the U.S. Constitution protects farmers’ and ranchers’ private property from unconstitutional intrusions authorized by state regulations.

“The American Farm Bureau appreciates the U.S. Supreme Court for reaffirming private property rights, which are foundational to our nation and critical to ensuring secure and well-managed farms,” AFBF President Zippy Duvall said. “We hope this decision sends a message to state regulators that it’s simply wrong to give outsiders access to farms, where families live and work hard to safeguard their animals and harvests.”

To read the court decision and dissenting opinion, click here.