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Amish Farmer Faces Fines, Prison Time for Refusing to Comply with USDA Regulations

•, Patrick Carroll

 Like many Amish farmers, Miller likes to do things the old-fashioned way. He doesn't use electricity, fertilizer, or gasoline, and he also stays away from modern preservatives.

The farm's reputation has grown over the years, and it now boasts a private buyers club of approximately 4,000 members. Miller has sold all sorts of food to his buyers, such as organic eggs, raw milk, grass-fed beef and cheese, and fresh produce.

"They use it as a medicine," Miller said in a 2021 interview. "It's very healing to the body because it's raw."

"They're good people," said one of his customers. "Their place is very clean, and their produce is excellent."

In recent years, however, the farm has found itself in the crosshairs of the US Department of Agriculture because of its failure to comply with federal farming regulations.

It all started in 2016, when two listeriosis illnesses that occured in 2014 were traced back to raw milk sold by Miller's Organic Farm. Both infected people had to be hospitalized, and one tragically died from the illness.