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St. Louis Hears National Case Against Trump Era Agricultural Regulations

September 27, 2018 - 8:49 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - A federal case being heard in a St. Louis courtroom accuses President Trump of going back on his campaign promises to stand with America's farmers.

Karianne Jones is a counsel for Democracy Forward, one of the groups arguing the case at the Eagleton federal courthouse.

“Specifically, today’s lawsuit challenges the Department of Agriculture’s October 2017 rollback of rules that would have allowed farmers to hold multinational agri-business accountable for unfair and discriminatory practices,” she says.

She says that include retaliation, bad faith cancellation of contracts and collusion to force farmers out of the market.

Those behind the suit say since 1980, 90 percent of hog farmers and nearly half of US cattle farmers have gone out of business.