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|Have Passport? (Organic Product) Will Travel|
Marnie A. Jensen; Husch Blackwell LLP;
November 12, 2014, previously published on October 29, 2014In 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...
|Do 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;
November 8, 2014, previously published on March 3, 2014Connecticut, 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...
|Minnesota Jury Rules in Favor of Dairy Farmers|
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
November 4, 2014, previously published on October 29, 2014A 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.
|Best Practices Agricultural Businesses Should Follow When Creating or Revising an Employee Handbook|
Melissa J. Jackson; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
November 2, 2014, previously published on October 15, 2014An 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...
|Steer Clear of Employment Law Issues During Harvest Season|
Karl W. Butterer; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
November 2, 2014, previously published on October 15, 2014Harvest 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...
|Syngenta Faces Additional Lawsuits over MIR162 Corn|
Megan R. Galey; Husch Blackwell LLP;
October 23, 2014, previously published on October 14, 2014On 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...
|New Compliance Requirements Affect Producers’ Eligibility for Federal Crop Insurance Subsidies|
Nicholas A. Reister, Rachael M. Roseman; Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge, P.C.;
October 23, 2014, previously published on October 20, 2014In 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...
|Keep Your Hands Off the Customers ... and the Cows|
Jennifer B. Rubin; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
October 21, 2014, previously published on October 17, 2014A 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.
|PCI, NAMIC Support State Farm Florida in Troublesome Hurricane Wilma Bad Faith Ruling|
Colodny Fass Talenfeld Karlinsky Abate Webb P.A.;
October 21, 2014, previously published on October 15, 2014The 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...
|National Farm-to-School Month: New Toolkits and Videos from USDA Promoting Local Agriculture in our Public Schools|
October 14, 2014, previously published on October 9, 2014October 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...