UPDATE: Prosecution: Wisconsin Farmer Ignored Licensing Laws

BARABOO, Wis. (AP) -- Prosecutors are trying to show a jury that a Wisconsin raw milk farmer showed blatant disregard for state licensing laws.

On the second day of trial, attorneys with the state Department of Justice continued Tuesday to drill into evidence collected during a raid on Vernon Hershberger's Loganville farm in June 2010.

The Baraboo News Republic reports inspectors who took part in the raid identified pictures of food and equipment taken inside a pantry that resembled a small grocery store.

The state contends Hershberger sold retail food, produced milk and operated a dairy plant without proper state licenses. Advocates for raw milk accuse regulators of targeting Hershberger.

Hershberger contends his farm did not operate as a retailer, because those who consumed its products were part of a private club.

BARABOO, Wis. (AP) -- Prosecutors say the licensing trial of a Wisconsin dairy farmer is not about raw milk, although his supporters say it is.

Jurors heard opening statements Monday in the trial of Loganville farmer Vernon Hershberger.

Hershberger is charged with distributing milk from his 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 Baraboo News Republic reports state attorneys sought to show the case revolves solely around the specific charges against Hershberger.

But defense attorney Glenn Reynolds tried to describe Hershberger's farm as a collective community, rather than a store that merely sold products to customers, and said state regulators did not understand how the business functioned.

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