Sheriff Blocks Feds From Harassing Raw Milk Farmer to “Stem the Tide of Federal Overreach”

Rogers.BBy Mac Slavo

While many are still reeling from the outrageous shooting of LaVoy Finicum, and the aftermath of the Oregon standoff and arrest of patriots linked to it, there are other battles against the feds taking place across the country.

Much less attention was paid to Sheriff Brad Rogers, of Elkhart County in Indiana, who just successfully concluded his own showdown with federal officials from the FDA. The scenario was quite different, but the principles involved strike a similar chord – burdensome overreach and tyranny on the part of the federal government and its swarm of agents.


As activists have seen in many other cases, the FDA has gone after raw milk farmers and raw food proponents with frightening force – carrying out SWAT raids, trumped-up arrests and destruction of food – all with no valid reason, and plenty of appearance of outright harassment.

Sheriff Rogers investigated a complaint from a constituent farmer and found that he sided with his case – there was no justified cause for invasive inspections happening repeatedly since 2011 every couple of weeks.

Basically, they were just looking for a reason to shut the farmer down, and Rogers put a stop to it.

Off The Grid News reports on this inspiring development, and its implications for a winning strategy against what is going on in this country:

Federal agents subjected a farmer to harassment and warrantless searches simply for producing raw milk, but a county sheriff took the farmer’s side and blocked federal agents from the property – and the sheriff is now speaking out.

The US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and Department of Justice (DOJ) took the actions four years ago simply because the farmer was providing raw milk to an organic food co-op. The story is receiving renewed coverage because the Indiana sheriff, Elkhart County’s Brad Rogers, wrote a 600-word explanation for a local newspaper as part of his “Ask The Sheriff” series. Off The Grid News previously reported on the dispute.

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“Specifically, the FDA was inspecting his farm without a warrant as much as every two weeks,” Rogers wrote. “Typical inspections occur annually. The Department of Justice (DOJ) had subpoenaed him for a grand jury in Michigan in which he was to bring his production documents. The Feds wanted to make this farmer an example.

“My research,” Rogers added, “concluded that no one was getting sick from this distribution of this raw milk. It appeared to be harassment by the FDA and the DOJ, and making unconstitutional searches, in my opinion. The farmer told me that he no longer wished to cooperate with the inspections of his property.”

Reportedly, Sheriff Rogers than wrote to the Department of Justice and informed them of the actions he would take if federal inspectors did not have a signed warrant based upon probable cause over which to conduct their searches:

“I understand that you have made recent requests to (the farmer) for documents and to appear before a grand jury, and he has had a number of inspections and attempted inspections on his farm within Elkhart County. This is notice that any further attempts to inspect this farm without a warrant signed by a judge, based on probable cause, will result in federal inspectors’ removal or arrest for trespassing by my officers or I. In addition, if any further action is taken by the federal government on (the farmer), while he is in Elkhart County, I will expect that you or federal authorities contact my office prior to such action. I will expect you to forward this information to your federal associates, including the FDA.”

Shortly after the email was sent, the farmer received a certified letter from the DOJ that said his grand jury subpoena had been cancelled. No federal inspectors have visited the farm since 2011.

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“Your local elected officials … can stem the tide of federal overreach if they apply just a little backbone in supporting and defending the Constitution. Expect it! Demand it!,” Rogers wrote. “Some bloggers and natural food writers have hailed me as a hero. I’m no hero. I’m just doing my job.

The public is waking up to the tyranny of countless federal agencies with little or no transparency and enough red tape to take over everything. Many law enforcement officials are waking up, too, and there are many great examples of them standing up for the Constitution and the rights of the people.

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The actions taken by Sheriff Rogers are not only legal and right, but they are what the people should expect from their local (and especially elected) officials.

This same sheriff made news a few months ago when he vowed that he would ignore any gun control executive order:

Sheriffs just happen to be the most powerful and independent locally elected official, and can be a bulwark for resistance to federal encroachment.

If they can be stopped here, they can be stopped elsewhere, too, and freedom can return to the lives of Americans.

The feds cannot take over if the people educate themselves and stand up – peacefully, but with a firm defensive posture – and take no guff from a bully.

You can read more from Mac Slavo at his site SHTFplan.com

  • I.M. Pistoff

    Who needs terrorists when we have the FDA, Postal ‘Service’, and other cells of the US Gummint?

    • Doug

      EPA, IRS, USDA, VA, DOJ, etc., etc….

  • Dickard

    Its good to know that there are still some true human beings, like Sheriff Rogers, who support justice and uphold common law. Not a bunch of robots who follow “laws” passed by indoctrinated criminals.

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  • Archie1954

    No wonder the Federal Government isn’t trusted by the people!

  • marlene

    God bless you Sheriff Brad Rogers. See, it IS possible to refuse to be tyrannized by an outlaw federal government if even one Sheriff with good character and a conscience upholds the law in accordance with his oath office. There are plenty of Sheriffs in America today, doing the same. “The Constitutional Sheriffs and Police Officers Association” (CSPOA). Check them out and support them, and Sheriff Rogers, because they are on the front lines of this totalitarian dictatorship that continues to commit heinous crimes of land grabs of OUR land, from farmers, ranchers, and private property owners.

    • CAWS

      Yes & check out Oathkeepers. They have a guide for sheriffs to stop this very kind of activity. Started by the sheriff in AZ who defied the unconstitutional federal order that he identify every person in his county that had a firearm. He took it to the supreme court & won.

      • marlene

        Yes, I support the Oath Keepers. Thanks for posting their reference.

  • Paul Mitchell

    It’s nice to see someone who takes the pledge: “To serve and protect” seriously. Good for you Sheriff Rogers!

  • Alan8

    Kudos to this heroic sheriff for standing up to unconstitutional harassment by the Federal government! Government tyranny is an issue that concerns and unites those of us on the left, and also the right!

  • toodorky

    Good for him….Made of steel

  • Andross

    All sheriffs in america should be willing to do whatever it takes to protect citizens, freedom, and the constitution from any and all threats. Those not willing to do so should be imprisoned for the rest of their miserable life for their cowardice and treason to make an example of them. Then the people can elect a sheriff with enough backbone to do his sworn duty and serve and protect. This is something everyone in america should be demanding at all times.

  • gweneth

    FBI agant – we gotta take ya in for selling this, uhh, milk.
    Gawd that must feel stupid.
    KUDOS to the sheriff

    BTW: there are instances that raw milk cures cancer (which is caused primarily from vaccines destroying the immune system).

  • FuccTheCops

    High five to this sheriff; hope the government don’t kill him for this. Also, raw milk supposedly can cure cancer, which is just one of the many alternatives to that poison the doctor prescribes…

  • Randall

    Good Job Sheriff Rogers…. You are an inspiration to us all… We The People salute you….

  • Darryl Lawton

    I thank Sheriff Rogers and all local sheriffs that stand up for the rights of their constituents! We also have a local sheriff that vows to IGNORE federal gun grabs. Freedom begins at a LOCAL level!

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