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Posted: Thursday, August 15, 2013 9:00 pm

RAYMOND, Neb. (AP) — A judge has dismissed a libel lawsuit filed by a Nebraska farmer against an inspector of organic food.

Lancaster County District Judge Paul Merritt Jr. last week granted a summary judgment sought by Evrett Lunquist, of Raymond. Lunquist had been sued by Paul Rosberg, of Wausa.

Lunquist performed inspections at Rosberg's farm from 2003 until 2007 and reported Rosberg for suspected fraud to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Rosberg sued Lunquist after an official from the USDA's National Organic Program mistakenly included Lunquist's name in a report about the allegations.

Rosberg, who said Thursday that he is appealing revocation of his organic certification, says in his lawsuit that Lunquist misrepresented facts about the operation to the USDA.

Rosberg says he intends to seek reconsideration of Merritt's ruling.

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