John Duarte, a fourth-generation California farmer, is in a legal battle with federal regulators over whether he violated federal law by plowing his land.
There are some spots in his field where water stands after a rain. He often doesn’t plow or plant in those areas, even though they are dry most of the time. However, in 2012, he did plow one of these spots about 7 in. deep to plant wheat.
In February 2013, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers alleged that the vernal
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