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Farmers forced to dump produce for operating without license

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A Mid-Michigan co-op forced to dump out hundreds of dollars of perfectly good product, all on a technicality. 

Arenac County farmers said they had to destroy their food. Not because it had made anyone sick, but because their co-op was operating without a license.

"I had to walk away and cry," Brenda Golimbieski said.

Hundreds of gallons of milk was spilled after Joe and Brenda Golimbieski said the state of Michigan prevented them from providing fresh food to people across the state of Michigan. 

"It's perfectly healthy, people want it. People want raw fresh produce," Brenda Golimbieski said.

On July 15 the Golimbieskis weren't able to deliver raw and fresh produce to people who participate in the farm's co-op. They said the Michigan Department of Agriculture shut down Hill High Dairy in Standish, accusing the farm owners of operating without a license. 

"MDA basically raided a truck and seized all of the product on the truck," Joe Golimbieski said.

He said he was standing when the feds made him throw out several hundred dollars worth of milk and eggs he said were good to eat.

"Everything is safe. There were never any issues with quality," Joe Golimbieski said.

The Golimbieskis said the food could have been someone's next meal.

"It's just a waste, wasted milk and plastic. People didn't get their food," Joe Golimbieski said.

TV5 called the Michigan Department of Agriculture and didn't get a response. 

The Golimbieskis said they still don't think the feds action was necessary.

"So many people and kids without food and this is wasted. For no reason," Brenda Golimbieski said.

They said they'll continue a tradition that's been in their family for the last 50 years. 

"We have a right to our food the way we want it. Not the way they want it," Joe Golimbieski said.

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