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HTMLYear-End Tax Strategies for Farmers
Michael C. Zahrt; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
January 11, 2017, previously published on December 21, 2016
This is the second installment of a two-part series discussing year-end tax strategies available to reduce the tax liability of your farm. Part 1 discussed the deduction available under Code Section 179 scenarios in which farms should and should not take the deduction. This installment discusses...


HTML‘Roundup Ready’ Crops Immune from Powerful Herbicide, but What About Us?
Waters Kraus LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
December 14, 2016, previously published on November 28, 2016
Ever seen what Monsanto’s Roundup does to weeds and other organic matter?


HTMLShould Your Farm Use the Section 179 Deduction this Year?
Michael C. Zahrt; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
December 6, 2016, previously published on November 18, 2016
Harvest season is winding down, which means it is time to start thinking about year-end tax planning for 2016. If you are reading this, you likely already know that 2016 was somewhat of a down year for field crop production in Michigan. Farm Bureau reports corn yield is down 7 bushels from last...


HTMLRoad Block or Speed Bump? DOJ Files Lawsuit to Halt Deere’s Acquisition of Precision Planting’s High-Speed Planting Technology
Luke C. Holst; McGrath North Mullin & Kratz, PC LLO;
Legal Alert/Article
November 16, 2016, previously published on Fourth Quarter 2016
On August 31, 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) filed a civil antitrust lawsuit to halt Deere & Co.’s acquisition of Precision Planting, LLC from Monsanto, Co. The DOJ argues the lawsuit is necessary in order to preserve competition in the agriculture industry for...


HTMLGovernor Signs Law Increasing The Overtime Pay of Agricultural Workers
Katherine A. Hren, Anne S. Kelson, Richard S. Rosenberg; Ballard Rosenberg Golper & Savitt LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 2, 2016, previously published on October 19, 2016
The Governor recently signed new legislation that will provide greater protection for agricultural employees who work any overtime hours. Historically, agricultural employees have been permitted to work longer hours than their non-agricultural counterparts before they were entitled to any overtime...


Adobe PDFNew California State Regulations for Cannabis Manufacturers and "Specialty Cottage" Farmers
Neal Gidvani, Rachel K. Gillette, Joshua B. Goldstein, Lance Rogers, Phillip Silvestri; Greenspoon Marder;
Legal Alert/Article
October 25, 2016, previously published on October 3, 2016
On Thursday, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law three bills affecting the state’s medical cannabis laws. The most significant of which will remove criminal penalties for cannabis manufacturers under Health & Safety Code § 11379.6, commonly referred to as the “meth house...


HTMLU.S. Court of Appeals Blocks New OSHA Fertilizer Rules Because of Improper Rulemaking
Joseph S. Dreesen; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
October 7, 2016, previously published on October 3, 2016
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration failed to go through the proper rulemaking process before mandating retailers to implement new stricter storage standards for anhydrous ammonia fertilizer, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has ruled. Agricultural Retailers Association...


Adobe PDFNebraska Farm Business Contracts, Tax Strategies, Regulatory Changes and More
Jason M. Bruno, Brian Buescher, Matthew Ottemann, Trev Peterson, Jesse Sitz, Anthony Todero; Sherrets Bruno & Vogt, LLC;
October 4, 2016, previously published by National Business Institute on Summer 2006
Article addressing aspects of farm/agricultural law, including farm business contracts, regulatory changes, tax strategies, regulatory changes, tips for lawyers handling cases, and ethical issues for lawyers


HTMLSupplemental Register Gets Nod from Trademark Trial & Appeal Board
Sarah Nagae; Nexsen Pruet, LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
September 26, 2016, previously published on September 19, 2016
On September 8, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board lent support to the strength of a registration on the Supplemental Register, indicating that it is worthwhile to pursue federal registration, even if that means your mark ends up on this secondary register.


HTMLUpcoming Changes to the Use of Antibiotics in Food Animals
Bose McKinney Evans LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
September 26, 2016, previously published on September 20, 2016
By January 1, 2017, farmers, veterinarians and feed suppliers must comply with the Federal Drug Administration’s revised Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) for certain antibiotics. Historically, many feed-grade antibiotics used in or on animal feeds have been available to farmers...


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