This week, California farmer John Duarte made a tough decision: Instead of facing more than $30 million in fines from the U.S. government for plowing his field, he would instead pay $1 million. With that court settlement, however, the fate of whether farmers have the right to plow remains uncertain.
You see, Duarte did what hundreds of thousands of farmers consider to be a normal farming practice: tilling up his field and preparing it for planting. For Duarte, it happened to be a 450-
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