BARABOO, Wis. (AP) — A jury has been selected to hear the licensing trial of a Wisconsin dairy farmer who supporters say is being targeted for selling raw milk.
Attorneys for Loganville farmer Vernon Hershberger and the Wisconsin Department of Justice spent Monday morning questioning prospective jurors before agreeing on the 12-member panel.
Advocates believe their freedom to choose to drink raw milk is on trial. But state officials say the only issue is licensing.
Hershberger is charged with distributing milk from his Grazin' Acres 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 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (http://bit.ly/10IfipU) reports the judge hopes the trial will be completed by Friday.
Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.com