Arizona farmer is awarded $1.5M in federal program

A farmer in Arizona has received a $1 million federal grant for a USDA-approved agricultural inspection station that could help reduce agricultural fencing and improve land management practices.

Farmers in Arizona have been targeted by federal officials since at least the 1990s, when the U.S. government began cracking down on pesticides and herbicides.

In 2007, a California farmer was killed by a toxic herbicide at a pesticide-resistant farm, and another California farmer, Brian Bales, died of cancer after ingesting a lethal pesticide at a farm in 2006.

Since then, farmers across the country have filed more than 400 lawsuits alleging the government overstepped its authority.

A federal appeals court ruled in 2015 that the U:s Department of Agriculture violated the rights of farmers by failing to require them to inspect their property and conduct annual land surveys.

In January 2017, the Trump administration rejected a request from the U, which wanted to revoke the license of two Arizona farmers for violating the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) pesticide-resistance rules.

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