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|Accounting for Growth Regulations Expected in 2014|
Gordon Feinblatt LLC;
January 6, 2014, previously published on December 2013The Maryland Department of the Environment (“MDE”) is expected to propose new regulations to implement the State’s Accounting for Growth (“AFG”) policy in early 2014. The AFG policy is one component of the State’s efforts to restore the Chesapeake Bay and is...
|Act Now to Take Advantage of Year End Expiring Tax Benefits|
Gordon Feinblatt LLC;
January 6, 2014, previously published on December 2013As 2013 ticks to a close, so do several tax incentives available to farmers and other taxpayers who use personal property in a trade or business or hold it for the production of income. Two of the most important are the ability to expense and immediately write off the cost of depreciable personal...
|Illinois Appeals Court Rejects Application of Absolute Pollution Exclusion to Claim for Unpleasant Odors Emanating from Hog Farm Manure|
Loren S. Cohen, Jacob R. Graham, Carl J. Pernicone; Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP;
January 3, 2014, previously published on December 24, 2013In Country Mutual Insurance Company v. Hilltop View, LLC, 2013 IL App (4th) 130124, an intermediate Illinois appeals court held that the absolute pollution exclusion in an umbrella policy did not preclude coverage for a claim by neighbors for unpleasant manure odors arising out of the...
|Smooth Sailing While on Michigan Highways|
Dirk H. Beckwith; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
December 20, 2013, previously published on December 17, 2013All drivers on public roads must obey the traffic laws. When you’re driving a commercial motor vehicle loaded with farm products for use on your farm, there are additional traffic laws that you will need to obey to keep things running smoothly.
|Court of Appeals Holds Right to Farm Act Did Not Apply to the Denial of a Permit for a Field Driveway|
Liza C. Moore; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
December 20, 2013, previously published on December 17, 2013The Michigan Court of Appeals recently held that a road commission’s denial of a farm’s permit application for a field driveway did not implicate the Right to Farm Act (RTFA), MCL 286.471 et seq.
|No. 4 - Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow...|
Mary E. Funk; Nyemaster Goode, P.C.;
December 19, 2013, previously published on December 18, 2013Along with the holidays, this time of year often brings winter weather issues for many employers. How do you handle weather related closings? What if your business remains open but employees cannot get to work? Do you pay employees under such circumstances?
|Tennessee Whistleblower Must Report Illegal Conduct to Third Party, Tennessee Court Rules|
Jackson Lewis P.C.;
December 13, 2013, previously published on December 10, 2013An employee “whistleblower” suing for retaliatory discharge under Tennessee law must have reported the alleged misconduct to someone other than the person engaging in the alleged misconduct, the Tennessee Court of Appeals has ruled. Haynes v. Formac Stables, Inc., No....
|Farm Bill update|
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
December 13, 2013, previously published on December 6, 2013There are positive signs coming from lead negotiators on the farm bill conference committee that a deal could be reached early next year.
|Since Last October 30, It Has Become More Difficult For Non-Residents to Acquire Agriculturally Zoned Lands Suitable For the Cultivation of the Soil or the Raising Of Livestock in Quebec|
Jules Brière; Lavery, de Billy, L.L.P.;
November 29, 2013, previously published on November 2013It is well known that, under the legal regime for the protection of agricultural lands, the acquisition of agriculturally zoned lands with a surface area of four hectares or more by a person not residing in Quebec is subject to the authorization of the Commission de protection des terres agricoles....
|New Fisheries Act Permit Rules Take Effect November 25th, 2013|
Katia Opalka; Lavery, de Billy, L.L.P.;
November 22, 2013, previously published on November 2013Last week, the federal government took a big step toward bringing the Fisheries Act (Canada) and its application into line with the federal government’s responsible resource development plan. On November 6th, 2013, the Government of Canada announced that November 25th is the date of coming...