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The Supreme Court will consider California raisin concerns

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California raisin concerns are headed to the Supreme Court by way of Horne v. U.S. Department of Agriculture, justices said Tuesday. They will be taking up an appeal from a group of California raisin producers, and will review a previous ruling, reports the Associated Press.

The issue to be decided is what court the farmers must use to mount their challenge. Their challenge stems from a federal marketing program that was designed to take some of the California raisins crop off the market.

Central Valley farmers have been objecting to the program, likening it to Depression-era law, and saying it unfairly prevents them from selling their full crop. Regulators say the program is designed to stabilize prices in the raisin market.  

The SCOTUS blog attempts to explain this case in as few words as possible:

The Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to decide whether the federal government can be challenged in a regular federal court for taking over a part of an annual raisin crop from packers and processors, under a marketing program. 

The raisin case, a dispute over the proper court to hear a “takings” claim under the Fifth Amendment, is  Horne v. U.S. Department of Agriculture (docket 12-123). 

Almost all the raisins in the United States come from California, and the state produces about 40 percent of the worldwide crop.