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Published April 03, 2013, 09:28 PM

Bill would allow raw milk purchase with shared ownership requirement

It may have been common years ago for people to drink milk fresh from the farm but right now, it's 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.

It may have been common years ago for people to drink milk fresh from the farm but right now, it's 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 Dakotans to enter into a shared animal ownership agreement with a dairy. They can own a share of a 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. Vernon Laning (R), Bismarck: "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."

The House made a few changes to the bill, so it returns to the Senate for review.

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