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HTMLHave Passport? (Organic Product) Will Travel
Marnie A. Jensen; Husch Blackwell LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 12, 2014, previously published on October 29, 2014
In order to legally sell, label, or represent a product as “organic” in the United States, the product must comply with the USDA National Organic Program regulations (the “NOP”). In practice, this means that the production or handling operation must be certified by an...


HTMLDo You Really Want to Know What’s in Your Food? Connecticut Requires Labeling for Genetically Modified Foods
Eric W. F. Niederer; Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 8, 2014, previously published on March 3, 2014
Connecticut, the first state to pass a law that requires labeling for genetically engineered foods, is being joined by states with similar labeling requirements, but no labeling mandates. Despite the reluctance of some states to enact these labeling regulations, it appears that the trend is moving...


HTMLMinnesota Jury Rules in Favor of Dairy Farmers
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 4, 2014, previously published on October 29, 2014
A jury has awarded the owners of a family farm near Pine River, Minnesota damages based on claims against a local electric cooperative. The family claimed that stray voltage caused issues with its dairy cows.


HTMLBest Practices Agricultural Businesses Should Follow When Creating or Revising an Employee Handbook
Melissa J. Jackson; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
November 2, 2014, previously published on October 15, 2014
An employee handbook is one of the most important tools employers in the agricultural industry have at their disposal to communicate with employees about important workplace issues. It also can serve as an excellent defense to claims. Having a handbook signals to employees that the business regards...


HTMLSteer Clear of Employment Law Issues During Harvest Season
Karl W. Butterer; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
November 2, 2014, previously published on October 15, 2014
Harvest time is often the busiest time of the season for Michigan’s farms, orchards, vineyards and other agricultural operations. It’s also peak employment season, requiring new workers and resources to keep up with the demands of the harvest, the proclivities of nature, and the nuances...


HTMLSyngenta Faces Additional Lawsuits over MIR162 Corn
Megan R. Galey; Husch Blackwell LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
October 23, 2014, previously published on October 14, 2014
On October 3rd, corn growers in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, and Nebraska filed multiple class action lawsuits against Syngenta related to MIR162, the Agrisure Viptera trait. The class actions come on the heels of similar lawsuits filed by Cargill and Trans Coastal Supply Company in...


HTMLNew Compliance Requirements Affect Producers’ Eligibility for Federal Crop Insurance Subsidies
Nicholas A. Reister, Rachael M. Roseman; Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
October 23, 2014, previously published on October 20, 2014
In 2014, Congress passed the Agricultural Act of 2014 (the “Act”), more commonly known as the 'Farm Bill,' which included many significant changes. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, these new provisions are designed to provide “flexibility, accountability, and...


HTMLKeep Your Hands Off the Customers ... and the Cows
Jennifer B. Rubin; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
October 21, 2014, previously published on October 17, 2014
A federal district court in Washington has confirmed that an employer’s relationship with the cows that its employees serviced is insufficient to establish a legitimate protectable interest to enforce a non-compete.


HTMLPCI, NAMIC Support State Farm Florida in Troublesome Hurricane Wilma Bad Faith Ruling
Colodny Fass Talenfeld Karlinsky Abate Webb P.A.;
Legal Alert/Article
October 21, 2014, previously published on October 15, 2014
The notion that an insurance company could still be liable for bad faith even after having complied with its own policy obligations is the driver behind insurer trade association support for State Farm Florida Insurance Company ("State Farm") in Cammarata v. State Farm Florida Insurance...


HTMLNational Farm-to-School Month: New Toolkits and Videos from USDA Promoting Local Agriculture in our Public Schools
GrayRobinson P.A.;
Legal Alert/Article
October 14, 2014, previously published on October 9, 2014
October is “National Farm-to-School Month” - a collaborative public-private effort to bring healthier, locally-grown foods into our public school systems. Farmers and educators are working with government agencies (federal and state), as well as nutritionists, health advocates and food...


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