[Market-farming] hovering helicopter

Jill Bussiere jdt at itol.com
Wed Jul 12 11:45:50 EDT 2006

	My guess is that they were looking for marijuana plants growing.
	I don't know how frequent this is.  I would like to hear from others.  I
haven't heard of it happening out our way.
					Jill Bussiere, Wisconsin

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[mailto:market-farming-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org]On Behalf Of Leigh
Sent: Wednesday, July 12, 2006 10:42 AM
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Subject: [Market-farming] hovering helicopter

How prevalent is this?

For over 15 minutes yesterday we had a helicopter circling our farm
(must have circled 15 or so times).  Spending a great deal of time
over our hoophouses and greenhouse, scaring the heck our of our dogs,
chickens and turkeys.  Do 'they' do this to everyone or are we being
subjected to some sort of special attention.

I'm offended that my tax money is being used to upset our farm
animals.  Of course there wasn't anything for 'them' to take pictures
of except tomatoes, peppers and eggplant, but still, I feel somewhat
violated by this intrusion.  Just because I farm for a living do I
have less privacy rights than others?   Also, I wonder if 'they' (it
looked like Coast Guard marking on the side of the helicopter, I
haven't got a good look at the pictures I took yet) do this to the
big commercial operations or is this a special form of harassment for
family farmers?

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