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HTMLDepartment of Agriculture Proposes New Phosphorous Management Regulations
Gordon Feinblatt LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
November 7, 2013, previously published on November 2013
The Maryland Department of Agriculture (“MDA”) recently proposed new regulations governing how and when farmers can apply chicken manure, which is rich in phosphorous, to their crops. University of Maryland scientists developed the new Phosphorous Management Tool (“PMT”) to...


HTMLFarm Bill Conferees Meet
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
November 6, 2013, previously published on November 1, 2013
On Wednesday, House and Senate farm bill conferees met in their first and possibly only public meeting. While significant policy differences continue, the tone was conciliatory and congressional farm leaders made plans to continue negotiations next week even though the House is out of session.


HTMLGeorgia DNR Board to Consider Increases to CAFO Permitting Thresholds
Scott E. Hitch; Burr & Forman LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
October 31, 2013, previously published on October 28, 2013
The board of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources will consider changes to rules for permit requirements for swine feeding operations. The most significant change proposed is to increase the threshold for triggering the requirement to obtain a permit from Georgia EPD under the Georgia Water...


HTMLThe 2013 Integrated Fisheries Harvesting Management Plan for Narwhal
Qajaq Robinson; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
October 17, 2013, previously published on October 15, 2013
In order to satisfy Canada’s obligations under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (“CITES”), Canada has been required to evaluate the health of the narwhal population in Canada’s Arctic waters. The result of this endeavour has been the 2013...


HTMLMove Over, Cricket! Lickets: Edible Insects are On the March
Ricardo Carvajal; Hyman, Phelps & McNamara, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
October 15, 2013, previously published on October 13, 2013
People have been eating insects for thousands of years, and the practice certainly has its devotees in the U.S. Notwithstanding that history of consumption, industrial production of insects for food use has remained a rarity. Now there are signs of a push to bring insect production and consumption...


HTMLGovernor Snyder Signs Forestland Management Legislation
Liza C. Moore; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
October 11, 2013, previously published on October 7, 2013
On June 6, a new Michigan law went into effect that has implications for individuals enrolled in the Qualified Forest Program (QFP). Public Acts 42-50 were designed to encourage private forestland owners to enter the Qualified Forest Program (QFP) and actively manage their land. Benefits of the...


HTMLWhat are the Rules of the Road for Farm Vehicles?
Dirk H. Beckwith; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
October 11, 2013, previously published on October 7, 2013
Tractors, trucks and other vehicles used by the farmers working their fields must, like all vehicles traveling on public roads, be registered and have some form of identification. For certain farm vehicles that means, in addition to a license plate, the company name and United States Department of...


HTMLFirst Meeting of State Bar Ag Section Focuses on Future of Industry
Liza C. Moore; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
October 11, 2013, previously published on October 7, 2013
The first meeting of the State Bar of Michigan Agricultural Law section was yet another indicator of the good health and growing nature of this industry in Michigan.


HTMLDistrict Court Denies Request for Preliminary Injunction against COOL Regulations
Riëtte van Laack; Hyman, Phelps & McNamara, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
September 20, 2013, previously published on September 17, 2013
As previously reported, in July, the American Meat Institute and several international meat industry organizations filed a lawsuit in an effort to stop the Agricultural Marketing Service ("AMS") of the USDA from implementing the Country of Origin Labeling ("COOL") rule, which...


HTMLCourt Puts Onus On County To Demonstrate Infeasibility Of Agricultural Conservation Easements To Mitigate Loss Of Prime Farmland
Katherine J. Hart; Abbott & Kindermann, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
August 28, 2013, previously published on August 22, 2013
In Masonite Corporation v. County of Mendocino (July 25, 2013) 215 Cal.App.4th 230, the Court of Appeal, First Appellate District, reversed a trial court’s decision denying a petition for writ of mandate, and directed Mendocino County (County) to decertify its EIR, set aside its project...


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