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HTMLNew Fisheries Act Permit Rules Take Effect November 25th, 2013
Katia Opalka; Lavery, de Billy, L.L.P.;
Legal Alert/Article
November 22, 2013, previously published on November 2013
Last week, the federal government took a big step toward bringing the Fisheries Act (Canada) and its application into line with the federal government’s responsible resource development plan. On November 6th, 2013, the Government of Canada announced that November 25th is the date of coming...


Adobe PDFOur Water Is Going to Pot
Morris Polich Purdy LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 12, 2013, previously published on November 6, 2013
In Northern California, the marijuana cultivation business has increased at an astronomical rate in recent years. Pot plants are grown both on private and public lands with cultivation activities having a number of consequences: improper grading, terracing, damming, road construction,...


HTMLDepartment of Agriculture Proposes New Phosphorous Management Regulations
Gordon Feinblatt LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
November 7, 2013, previously published on November 2013
The Maryland Department of Agriculture (“MDA”) recently proposed new regulations governing how and when farmers can apply chicken manure, which is rich in phosphorous, to their crops. University of Maryland scientists developed the new Phosphorous Management Tool (“PMT”) to...


HTMLRocky Mountain Farmers Union
Todd J. Guerrero; Kutak Rock LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 7, 2013, previously published on October 28, 2013
In Rocky Mountain Farmers Union v. Cory, the United States Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit, reversed part of the lower district court’s decision that California’s Fuel Standard ethanol provisions violates the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution.


HTMLPACA Claimant Could Not Establish PACA Trust Allowing for Payment in Full from Bankruptcy Estate
Elizabeth J. Austin, Irve J. Goldman, Jessica Grossarth, Jonathan A. Kaplan; Pullman & Comley, LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
November 7, 2013, previously published on Fall 2013
Suppliers of produce are afforded a non-segregated floating trust over property of a debtor that is derived from sales of produce pursuant to the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (“PACA”). Such a trust is recognized in bankruptcy and affords produce suppliers a priority in...


HTMLChicken Manure in Nutrient Runoff to Chesapeake Bay Overestimated
Gordon Feinblatt LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
November 7, 2013, previously published on November 2013
Many in the environmental and political communities have believed for decades that poultry farms in the Delmarva Peninsula contribute substantially to the degradation of water quality in the Chesapeake Bay. Although sewage treatment plants, septic systems and suburban runoff are also obvious...


HTMLBusiness Succession Planning for Family Farms & Agribusinesses
Gordon Feinblatt LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
November 7, 2013, previously published on November 2013
Although Congress finally provided clarity regarding exemptions and rates for estate, gift and generation skipping transfer taxes, owners of family farms and agribusinesses still have to consider many remaining business succession planning issues. Owners of family farms and agribusinesses must...


HTMLFarm Bill Conferees Meet
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
November 6, 2013, previously published on November 1, 2013
On Wednesday, House and Senate farm bill conferees met in their first and possibly only public meeting. While significant policy differences continue, the tone was conciliatory and congressional farm leaders made plans to continue negotiations next week even though the House is out of session.


HTMLGeorgia DNR Board to Consider Increases to CAFO Permitting Thresholds
Scott E. Hitch; Burr & Forman LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
October 31, 2013, previously published on October 28, 2013
The board of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources will consider changes to rules for permit requirements for swine feeding operations. The most significant change proposed is to increase the threshold for triggering the requirement to obtain a permit from Georgia EPD under the Georgia Water...


HTMLThe 2013 Integrated Fisheries Harvesting Management Plan for Narwhal
Qajaq Robinson; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
October 17, 2013, previously published on October 15, 2013
In order to satisfy Canada’s obligations under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (“CITES”), Canada has been required to evaluate the health of the narwhal population in Canada’s Arctic waters. The result of this endeavour has been the 2013...


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