Liberty Ark Coalition against NAIS - April 20, 2006
The broad-based Liberty Ark Coalition has formed to stop the
universal National Animal Identification System (NAIS).
Karin Bergener, Contact: (330) 298-0065
of Engineers is Abandoning and Breaching Missouri River Dikes"
Ron Arnold, Undue
Influence (Free Enterprise Press, Bellevue, Washington,
1999). Arnold reveals how the wealthy foundations, grant-driven
environmental groups, and zealous bureaucrats are working to
dismantle roads, dams, logging, mining, ranching, farming, and
Publication Order Form
Michigan Model Conservation Easement (March 2003)
This model document, which was provided by Rachel Thomas as
a form used by the State of Michigan, contains typical clauses
demonstrating the danger of conservation easements.
Liberty Ark Coalition
Karen Bergener, Contact
web site: http://libertyark.net
- "Farmers Fight
Back in the New Jersey Highlands" - By Devlen Mackey,
Owner, Mackey Orchards, Belvidere, New Jersey; Eleventh Annual
National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany,
N.Y., October 13, 2007)
Farmers, local government, and developers are opposing the
state regional zoning law, the New Jersey Highlands Regional
Planning and Water Protection Act, which imposes 88-acre zoning
and exploits endangered species rules in Hunterdon, Warren, and
other northwestern New Jersey counties to stop the use of land.
The law is said to be intended to protect the watershed for drinking
water, but sewers to keep flow from Lake Hopatcong are prohibited
by the Department of Environmental Protection.
- "Who's Gonna Pay?"
- By Madeleine Fortin (PRFA, December 14, 2005)
The Corps of Engineers and the South Florida Water Management
District keep a massive drainage structure closed, flooding neighborhoods
and farmland during Hurricane Katrina and other storms, which
damages or destroys houses, motor vehicles and farmland, and
kills farm animals.
- "Farm Bureau
seeks limits for conservation easements" - by Steve
Miller, West River Editor, Rapid City Journal, August
26, 2003 (Reprinted by permission of the Rapid City Journal)
The South Dakota Farm Bureau began a petition drive to limit
perpetual conservation easements. "Unseen changes
in the future can place unintended hardships on future property
owners," said Dick Kjerstad, president.
Property Rights of Farmers: Updates in Takings and Related Case
Law" - By Jeff Williams and Leah Hurtgen, New York State
Farm Bureau (Sixth Annual Conference on Private Property Rights,
PRFA - November 16, 2002)
A broad overview of significant recent cased that have occurred
in New York State and in other parts of this country, which affect
agriculture and other land-intensive business such as logging
and will touch individual property owners: Tahoe-Sierra Preservation
Council, Inc. v. Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (122 S. Ct.
1465 (2002); the victorious Palazzolo v. Rhode Island
and related historic cases; Town of Lysander v. Hafner
(New York State Court of Appeals, October 18, 2001); the disappointing
Long Island Pine Barrens v. Town of Riverhead; the California
case Pronsolino v. EPA; and another Ninth Circuit case
Borden Ranch v. Army Corps of Engineers.
Basin farmers fall victim to the Endangered Species Act"-Reprinted
by permission from Wyoming Agriculture, June 2001, published
by the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation.
Using the Endangered Species Act this year, the Fish and Wildlife
Service and the Bureau have turned off the water to protect the
shortnose and Lost River suckers, although they are neither endangered
nor harmed by the farmers' water use.
Group Straps Massachusetts Farm Couple" By Carol W. LaGrasse
(Reprinted from the New York Property Rights Clearinghouse,
Vol. 4, No. 2 (Spring-Summer 1997, PRFA)
Bankruptcy court appeal may be the final chapter for Marie
and Joseph Hill, an elderly couple who are being evicted from
their scenic dairy farm in South Dartmouth on Buzzard's
Bay, after losing a battle with a local preservation group, FORM.
of Humility, Self-Sufficiency and Kindness in Lapp FamilyBut
the tax-man and labor law enforcers have other rules"
- By Carol W. LaGrasse (Reprinted from the New York
Property Rights Clearinghouse, Vol. 4, No. 2, Spring-Summer
This article describes how the Mennonite property rights activist,
Nathan Lapp, and his sisters and parents have helped many, but,
although they paid taxes faithfully, could not satisfy the government's
requirements for accounting, labor law compliance, and tax payments.
- Letter to
Honorable Pat Roberts, Chairman, House Agriculture Committee,
from W. L. Harris, Holcomb, Mississippi, September 22, 1995.
This letter describes how rice farmer W. L. Harris, after
recovering from severe financial problems common during the 1980's,
tried to exert his lease back-buyback rights, but the Farmer's
Home Administration (now the Farm Services Agency) placed wetlands
easements on the 1004 best acres, prohibiting him from doing
anything but paying taxes on the land.