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HTMLPesticide Linked to Birth Defects May Contaminate Crops
Waters Kraus LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 9, 2016, previously published on May 3, 2016
Glyphosate is the most popular herbicide in the world. Yet in 2015, the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer warned that the substance is a likely carcinogen. The state of California agrees. And animal studies have linked the widely used weed killer to birth...


HTMLAustralian Antitrust Enforcer Pursues Alleged Egg Cartel
Prudence Smith, Nick Taylor; Jones Day;
Legal Alert/Article
May 10, 2016, previously published on April 2016
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (the ACCC) has announced it will appeal the Federal Court's decision dismissing the ACCC's proceedings against the Australian Egg Corporation Limited (AECL), a trade association for egg producers, and four other corporate and individual respondents.


HTMLOSHA, Focusing on Meat Processing Industry, Launches Emphasis Programs for Three Midwestern States
Tressi L. Cordaro; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
April 19, 2016, previously published on April 5, 2016
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has launched emphasis programs in three Midwestern states in an effort to reduce injuries and illnesses that government data show have affected 7.5 percent of employees in the meat processing industry there.


HTMLColorado: Law Requiring $5,000 Surety Bond for Marijuana Sellers Repealed
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
April 19, 2016, previously published on March 24, 2016
Two weeks ago, Gov. John Hickenlooper signed HB 16-1041 into law, thus eliminating the requirement that medical and retail marijuana establishments post a $5,000 surety bond before receiving or renewing their state-issued and mandated licenses. The reason for the repeal is that lawmakers thought...


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.


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.


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...


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...


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