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HTMLContract Considerations for Farm Data
Michael C. Zahrt; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
July 28, 2015, previously published on July 17, 2015
The emergence of “precision agriculture” offers farmers the opportunity to be more efficient (and more profitable) in their day-to-day operations. Autosteering technology helps farmers reduce planting and tillage overlap. Farm management software collects a wide variety of data produced...


HTMLThe United States Supreme Court Holds Raisin Marketing Order Unconstitutional
Scott M. Brookens; Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
July 14, 2015, previously published on July 13, 2015
The United States Supreme Court recently issued its opinion regarding the constitutionality of the raisin marketing orders in the Horne v. Department of Agriculture matter. The Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937 grants authority to the Secretary of Agriculture to issue “marketing...


Adobe PDFAn Ounce of Agribusiness Prevention is Worth a Pound of Drinking Water Cure
Kevin P. Braig; Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 24, 2015, previously published on Spring 2015
With lawmakers, lawyers, and the public focused on the relationship between agriculture and drinking water, those in farming, fertilizer, and livestock businesses would be wise to heed Ben Franklin’s caution that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”


HTMLNew Sustainable Food Systems Certification at Grand Valley State University
Foster Swift Collins Smith P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
May 15, 2015, previously published on April 30, 2015
Grand Valley State University is now offering a five-class Sustainable Food Systems certification. This hands-on learning approach is in response to a growing interest by both the community and students to learn more about sustainable agriculture practices.


Adobe PDFImproper Agricultural Manure Usage or Storage May Be Subject to RCRA Liability
Hubert T. Lee; Morris Polich & Purdy LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 22, 2015, previously published on March 23, 2015
On January 14, 2015, the Eastern District of Washington in Cmty. Ass'n for Restoration of the Env't, Inc. v. Cow Palace, LLC, No. 13-CV-3016-TOR, 2015 WL 199345, at *41 (E.D. Wash. Jan. 14, 2015) ruled that dairy farms were liable under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act...


HTMLTurning Bytes of Data into a Farming Boon
John W. Mashni; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
April 9, 2015, previously published on March 27, 2015
In an industry built around nature, the earth and the environment, it would have been hard to predict - even 20 years ago - the integral role technology would ultimately play in the agriculture industry. The modern farm operation is using satellite- and microchip-driven equipment, high-tech seeds...


HTMLA Guide to Land-Lease Agreements for Farmers and Landowners
Todd W. Hoppe; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
March 20, 2015, previously published on January 27, 2015
Farmers have two basic options when it comes to holding land: own it or lease it. Though many farmers prefer to own all of their land, it is rarely possible. Good farmland is often held by families for generations, and is rarely offered for sale. When land is offered for sale, stiff competition...


HTMLDebt Forgiveness Opportunities for Farmers Facing Disabilities
Laura J. Genovich; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
March 19, 2015, previously published on December 11, 2014
An unexpected disability, whether from injury or illness, presents unique hardships for farmers, whose livelihoods often depend on their ability to undertake manual labor and their capacity to manage a business. A disability can also bring significant financial hardship, as a farmer can lose all...


HTMLLiability Releases for Agritourism Activities - Myths and Realities
Julie I. Fershtman; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
March 19, 2015, previously published on January 27, 2015
Owners and operators of farms that offer certain agritourism activities to the public, such as horseback riding and horse-drawn hay or sleigh rides, sometimes assume that liability waivers or releases are off-limits. Many operators fall prey to common myths surrounding these documents. Let’s...


HTMLExecutive Women in Agriculture Conference Provided Abundance of Information
Kim Hafley; Foster Swift Collins Smith P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
March 19, 2015, previously published on January 27, 2015
More than 320 women from around the United States attended Top Producer’s 4th Annual Executive Women in Ag Conference, held December 4-5 in Chicago. The agenda was the perfect blend of networking opportunities, trade show and dynamic speakers, providing loads of business, finance and...


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