Dairy farmer fined $1K in raw milk case

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BARABOO, Wis. (AP) -- A Wisconsin dairy farmer championed by raw-milk advocates has been fined $1,000 for violating a holding order placed on products at his farm.

Vernon Hershberger was sentenced Thursday in Sauk County Circuit Court.

Last month a jury acquitted Hershberger on three charges of producing, processing and selling milk without proper state licenses. But he was found guilty of one count of violating a holding order on products on his Loganville farm after a 2010 raid.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (http://bit.ly/12IG5u5 ) reports Hershberger was facing up to a year in jail and $10,000 in fines. Prosecutors asked for a $3,000 fine and 12 months of probation for violating the holding order. Hershberger received no probation.

Hershberger's supporters contend he was targeted because he sold raw milk through a private buying club.


Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.com

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