To the editor:
I am writing to inform you of legally destructive statements made about my dairy farm business in an article written by one of your reporters ... as well as some quotes made by me that were taken out of context, to the point that I am now implicated as violating state law as a regular business practice!
[Your reporter] came out to my dairy farm Friday, Aug. 27 (article ran Saturday, Aug. 28), at approximately 1:30 p.m., to interview me about my small goat dairy and take some pictures. During this brief interview, she asked a few questions, but didn't seem to have a clear direction with them. As a result, I tried to provide her with information that would be of interest to your readers.
As I didn't feel she had gotten an accurate enough idea of our business and what our farm is all about, I directed her to our farm web site to learn more about us, and provided her with my business card with the web address, and told her to contact me if she had any questions or found she needed clarifications.
After seeing her article posted on the Internet the next day, it was made very clear that not only did she get simple facts of dates wrong, but from the first sentence of the article, she had blatantly not researched her subject and, as a result, has implicated my business in as public venue, regularly violating state dairy laws.
Specifically, raw dairy products are completely illegal to sell in the state of Georgia for human consumption. My dairy has never sold raw milk for humans, as we operate our goat milk under the Georgia Department of Agriculture animal feed division. All of these state regulations are stringently followed, as is plainly stated multiple times on our web site, and is repeated along with the health warning required on our state-regulated label on our milk jugs that I had attempted to show [your reporter] while she was touring my milking parlor.
Our dairy has been in operation since our license was first acquired in June of 1997. We have always striven to lead this small, but growing, agricultural industry in Georgia by vigorously following current laws and working with the state agricultural regulators to remain in good standing.
To assure there is no further damage to the reputation of my dairy farm, I require a correction to be printed with the accurate information to be placed just as prominently on the front page as was the initial article, to leave no doubt in the eye of the general public as well as the state officials of how we run our business. If this simple step is not taken, I will be forced to take legal action to safeguard, both my reputation as a small family farmer, and the continuing lawful operation of my dairy farm and business in this state.
NYRLE Real Goats Diary