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HTMLAddressing Labor Shortages With Temporary Agricultural Workers
Ryan E. Lamb; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
March 18, 2016, previously published on February 29, 2016
My labor needs are not being met by the domestic market—when can I seek foreign applicants? Are potential applicants currently living in the U.S. eligible to apply under the H-2A Visa program?

 

HTMLNew USDA Program Supports Rural Economic Development
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 10, 2016, previously published on March 9, 2016
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced a new program to let electric cooperatives partner with regional organizations to boost rural economic development. The USDA has set aside $500 million for rural projects that support economic and community development plans.

 

HTMLEmployee or Independent Contractor?
Deanna Swisher; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
February 10, 2016, previously published on January 29, 2016
If you have someone work for you, then you, the employer, need to determine whether you have hired an “independent contractor” or an “employee.” “Classification” is the term employment lawyers use to sort out whether the worker is an employee or an independent...

 

HTMLRecent Developments in Drone Law
Taylor A. Gast, John W. Mashni; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
February 10, 2016, previously published on January 29, 2016
The past year saw a marked increase in drone usage, with expectations that the trend will continue this year. A number of these uses involve agricultural services, including aerial surveying and photography. The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, the trade group that represents...

 

HTMLA Systematic Plan for Debt Collection by Agribusinesses
Scott A. Chernich, Patricia Joan Scott; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
February 10, 2016, previously published on January 29, 2016
There is nothing quite like a big sale to a new customer - the prospect of recurring revenue from a new source, the validation of business strategy, or the culmination of a successful negotiation.

 

HTMLPlanning Around Section 179
Michael C. Zahrt; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
January 7, 2016, previously published on November 30, 2015
In its usual fashion, Congress has not yet continued the increased $500,000 deduction amount under Section 179 for 2015. In July, the Senate Finance Committee approved a bill that would extend the higher Section 179 levels, bonus depreciation, and other tax incentives (commonly referred to as...

 

HTMLAssignments Of PACA Claims: New Opportunities For Unpaid Produce Sellers, Credit Insurance Companies, Claims Purchasers & Others
Jonathan S. Bodner; Ruskin Moscou Faltischek, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
November 17, 2015, previously published on November 15, 2015
The Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (“PACA”) is an invaluable tool for produce sellers to ensure repayment for goods sold and delivered. Traditionally, it has been used by sellers of produce to recover against purchasers for unpaid goods inside and outside of bankruptcy...

 

HTMLLarge USDA Loan Awarded to North Dakota Electric Coop
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
August 19, 2015, previously published on August 18, 2015
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved a $46 million loan to Central Power Electric Cooperative (CPEC). The loan will help finance over 50 miles of new power lines and several substations. CPEC serves over 50,000 customers in 25 North Dakota counties.

 

HTMLWashington Enacts Tax Legislation that Addresses Critical Infrastructure and Agricultural Issues
David H. Godenswager, David M. Kall, Susan Millradt McGlone; McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
August 7, 2015, previously published on July 30, 2015
The federal government has struggled for years to pass measures that could help address the nation’s infrastructure problems. Similarly, lawmakers in many states are at odds with each other over the best way to address crumbling roads and bridges. The situation has become increasingly...

 

HTMLSenate Approps Advances Another Bill
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
July 29, 2015, previously published on July 17, 2015
On Thursday, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved a $20.5 billion Agricultural bill. This is the 11th of 12 spending bills that has moved forward out of committee in the Senate.

 


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