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Raw milk dairy farmer in Oregon wins fight against advertising ban


Raw milk proponents scored a victory in Oregon on Thursday, with the state agreeing not to enforce a ban on advertising the sale of unpasteurized milk.

The agreement is part of a settlement between Oregon Department of Agriculture and Christine Anderson, owner of Cast Iron Farm in McMinnville. Anderson filed a suit in U.S. District Court in Portland in November, saying the ban infringed on her free speech rights. On-farm sales of raw milk are allowed in Oregon; advertising, including website postings, fliers and emails, is not.

Anderson is dismissing her suit and in return, Katy Coba, director of the Department of Agriculture, will ask the state Legislature to repeal the ban. Coba was named in the complaint as the sole defendant.

Vance Bybee, food safety director of the Oregon Department of Agriculture, said the settlement reflects "an effort to be responsive and sensitive to the constitutional issues raised in this issue." The deal will be reviewed by the Oregon Department of Justice.

Anderson said she's thrilled.


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