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USDA Immune From Blame For Cattle Deaths, 8th Circ. Says

Law360, New York (August 9, 2013, 4:30 PM EDT) -- An en banc Eighth Circuit panel on Friday ruled that a government employee’s decision under a voluntary environmental improvement program to compel a family of Minnesota ranchers to plant a seed mixture they claim ruined their business is immune from judicial second-guessing.

The Eighth Circuit majority panel found that the Herden family — who run a three-generation ranching operation — cannot hold the U.S. Department of Agriculture liable under the Federal Tort Claims Act because the actions of the USDA employee who directed them to plant...
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