March 5, 2018

Can Willie Benedetti be forced to farm?

Willie Benedetti doesn’t mince words. The 68-year-old California producer wants to retire, but claims he’s being forced to farm: “What kind of law forces a man to keep farming? There are understandable regulations and then there is BS.”

Benedetti lives on 267 acres beside some of the most scenic agricultural countryside in California. Encircled by the picturesque hills and fields of Marin County, Benedetti argues he is also surrounded by onerous regulations. Pared down, Benedetti believes he is within his rights to retire and build a house for his son, who doesn’t work in agriculture, within the 267-acre farming operation. Marin County officials believe otherwise.  Read more

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