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Adobe PDFAn Ounce of Agribusiness Prevention is Worth a Pound of Drinking Water Cure
Kevin P. Braig; Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 24, 2015, previously published on Spring 2015
With lawmakers, lawyers, and the public focused on the relationship between agriculture and drinking water, those in farming, fertilizer, and livestock businesses would be wise to heed Ben Franklin’s caution that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

 

HTMLNew Sustainable Food Systems Certification at Grand Valley State University
Foster Swift Collins Smith P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
May 15, 2015, previously published on April 30, 2015
Grand Valley State University is now offering a five-class Sustainable Food Systems certification. This hands-on learning approach is in response to a growing interest by both the community and students to learn more about sustainable agriculture practices.

 

Adobe PDFImproper Agricultural Manure Usage or Storage May Be Subject to RCRA Liability
Hubert T. Lee; Morris Polich & Purdy LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 22, 2015, previously published on March 23, 2015
On January 14, 2015, the Eastern District of Washington in Cmty. Ass'n for Restoration of the Env't, Inc. v. Cow Palace, LLC, No. 13-CV-3016-TOR, 2015 WL 199345, at *41 (E.D. Wash. Jan. 14, 2015) ruled that dairy farms were liable under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act...

 

HTMLUSDA Extends Another $31 Million in Federal Loans and Grants to Electric Cooperatives
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 20, 2015, previously published on April 17, 2015
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced the extension of $31 million more in loans and grants to electric cooperatives in 12 states under the Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant (REDLG) Program. The USDA’s REDLG program extends zero-interest loans and grants to...

 

HTMLTurning Bytes of Data into a Farming Boon
John W. Mashni; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
April 9, 2015, previously published on March 27, 2015
In an industry built around nature, the earth and the environment, it would have been hard to predict - even 20 years ago - the integral role technology would ultimately play in the agriculture industry. The modern farm operation is using satellite- and microchip-driven equipment, high-tech seeds...

 

HTMLNew RUS Administrator Appointed
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 31, 2015, previously published on March 30, 2014
President Obama has appointed Brandon McBride as the new Administrator of the USDA’s Rural Utilities Service (RUS). Mr. McBride served as a Senior Professional Staff on the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry from 2009 through his appointment. Prior to that, he served as a...

 

HTMLA Guide to Land-Lease Agreements for Farmers and Landowners
Todd W. Hoppe; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
March 20, 2015, previously published on January 27, 2015
Farmers have two basic options when it comes to holding land: own it or lease it. Though many farmers prefer to own all of their land, it is rarely possible. Good farmland is often held by families for generations, and is rarely offered for sale. When land is offered for sale, stiff competition...

 

HTML2014 Farm Bill Opportunities for Young and Beginning Farmers
Allison M. Collins; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
March 19, 2015, previously published on December 11, 2014
Only six percent of farm operators nationwide are under 35 years old, and as the age of the average American farmer continues to increase, so does the need for a new generation of farmers to replace retirees and carry forward the agricultural industry. The 2014 Farm Bill recognized the need to...

 

HTMLExecutive Women in Agriculture Conference Provided Abundance of Information
Kim Hafley; Foster Swift Collins Smith P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
March 19, 2015, previously published on January 27, 2015
More than 320 women from around the United States attended Top Producer’s 4th Annual Executive Women in Ag Conference, held December 4-5 in Chicago. The agenda was the perfect blend of networking opportunities, trade show and dynamic speakers, providing loads of business, finance and...

 

HTMLDebt Forgiveness Opportunities for Farmers Facing Disabilities
Laura J. Genovich; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
March 19, 2015, previously published on December 11, 2014
An unexpected disability, whether from injury or illness, presents unique hardships for farmers, whose livelihoods often depend on their ability to undertake manual labor and their capacity to manage a business. A disability can also bring significant financial hardship, as a farmer can lose all...

 


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