Prosecution: Wis. trial is not about raw milk

CREATED May. 20, 2013

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BARABOO, Wis. (AP) -- Prosecutors say the licensing trial of a Wisconsin dairy farmer is not about raw milk, although his supporters say it is.

Jurors heard opening statements Monday in the trial of Loganville farmer Vernon Hershberger.

Hershberger is charged with distributing milk from his dairy farm without a milk producer's license, operating a retail food establishment and dairy plant without licenses, and violating a hold order placed on his dairy products after a raid on his farm.

The Baraboo News Republic reports state attorneys sought to show the case revolves solely around the specific charges against Hershberger.

But defense attorney Glenn Reynolds tried to describe Hershberger's farm as a collective community, rather than a store that merely sold products to customers, and said state regulators did not understand how the business functioned.

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Information from: Baraboo News Republic, http://www.wiscnews.com/bnr