2 sides in corporate farming battle seek judge's approval
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The two sides in a legal battle over the constitutionality of North Dakota's Depression-era ban on corporate farming have both formally asked a judge to side with them.
North Dakota Farm Bureau sued last summer to do away with the law that voters approved in 1932 to protect the state's family farming heritage. Farm Bureau and other plaintiffs contend the law limits farmers' business options and interferes with interstate commerce by barring out-of-state corporations from being involved in North Dakota's farm industry.
Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, North Dakota Farmers Union and the Dakota Resource Council dispute that in their defense of the law.
The two sides have been arguing in court documents throughout the summer. A bench trial before U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland isn't scheduled until February 2019.