Source: Alliant Insurance Services

California farmers and ranchers now have the legal defense capability to fight alleged violations of environmental regulations they believe are unfounded.

Alliant Insurance Services has launched The Agricultural Regulatory Services (TARS), a legal defense insurance policy that offers agricultural business owners in California up to $250,000 in coverage to pay for a legal defense against charges they violated environmental regulations.

According to the company, before the launch of TARS it was often too costly for smaller farming and ranching operations, especially family-owned businesses, to fight allegations levied by a variety of federal, state, and local environmental agencies. Therefore, many farmers and ranchers settled with these regulatory agencies, agreeing to pay fines and penalties and make ordered restorations to affected land rather than defend themselves in court.

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