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House Approves Bill Dealing with Unpasteurized Milk

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It may have been common years ago for people to drink milk fresh from the farm but it is currently illegal to sell raw milk in North Dakota.

The House approved a bill that provides a legal option for those who want to drink unpasteurized milk.

Senate Bill 2072 allows North Dakotan's to enter into a shared animal ownership agreement with a dairy.

They can own a share of the cow to purchase raw milk.

Under the bill, once purchased the milk can not be resold.

Some lawmakers opposed a portion of the bill which says dairy farm owners who participate in an agreement must register with the Ag Department.

Rep. Laning: "It's really more of a step closer to big brother or government oversight. In my mind it's just an interference in small dairy operations. I don't think it's necessary at all."

Rep. Headland says,"If we take this piece out, they will be able to do cow share agreements. However if the department of Agriculture receives a complaint they will have to go out and investigate. They will have no idea if the agreement has moved forward. They will have to investigate the sale of raw milk which is illegal in this state."

The House did make some changes to the bill, so it returns to the Senate for it's review.

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