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|Bankruptcy Court Approves Sale of Stamp Farms Assets to Boersen Farms|
Laura J. Genovich; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
February 19, 2013, previously published on February 2013Following an expedited auction process, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Michigan entered an order on February 8, 2013, approving the sale of substantially all of the assets of Stamp Farms to Boersen Farms, Inc. As many Michigan farmers are aware, Stamp Farms (and...
|Applications for Michigan AG Exporter of the Year Due March 12, 2013|
Liza C. Moore; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
February 19, 2013, previously published on February 2013The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) is accepting applications until March 12, 2013, with the top exporter receiving recognition at an event to be announced at a later date. To be eligible for the award, a company's products must be over 50 percent grown, processed...
|Farm Service Agency Guaranteed Loans: Simple Steps to Improve Performance|
Bruce Wallace; Nexsen Pruet, LLC;
February 15, 2013, previously published on February 12, 2013Associations that participate in the Farm Service Agency’s Guaranteed Loan Program understand how beneficial it can be. But, you might not recognize that through a few simple steps, you can improve your loan performance under the Program.
|California Court of Appeal Recognizes That Wide Discretion Granted to a Board of Directors Under the Business Judgment Rule May Be Tempered By a Corporation's Private Contractual Obligations to Its Shareholders/Members|
Alejandro E. Moreno, John P. Stigi; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
February 15, 2013, previously published on February 14, 2013In Scheenstra v. California Dairies, Inc., No. F062768, --- Cal. Rptr. 3d ---, 2013 WL 363148 (Cal. App. 5th Dist. Jan. 30, 2013), the California Court of Appeal, Fifth District, affirmed the judgment of the California Superior Court, Tulare County, that the board of directors of defendant...
|Current and Prospective Amendments to the Fisheries Act RSC 1985, c F-14|
Scott R. Harcus; Alexander Holburn Beaudin + Lang LLP;
February 8, 2013, previously published on February 5, 2013The Fisheries Act (Canada) is undergoing changes that will have an impact on the regulation of Canada’s fish habitats and waterways. An initial set of amendments came into force on July 18, 2012. A second set of amendments will come into force at a yet to be set date. The initial amendments...
|Reform of Commercial Agreements in the Agricultural and Food Supply Chain in Italy|
Andrea Zulli; Norton Rose Canada LLP;
February 6, 2013, previously published on February 2013The Monti government introduced a number of significant legislative reforms over the last year.
|Veggin’ Out: New FDA Proposed Rule Would Raise Standards for Produce in the United States|
Robert "Rob" E. Browne, Matthew M. Morrissey, William P. Pipal, Diane J. Romza-Kutz; Troutman Sanders LLP;
February 1, 2013, previously published on January 31, 2013On January 16, 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (the “FDA”) published in the Federal Register a proposed rule designed to put into practice the goals set forth in the Food Safety Modernization Act (the “FSMA”) signed into law by President Obama on January 4, 2011....
|Striking an Effective Balance between the Resources, Agriculture and Urban Development Sectors in Queensland|
Amelia Gaulton, Robert Milbourne; Norton Rose Canada LLP;
January 28, 2013, previously published on January 2013Changes to the strategic cropping land regime look set to deliver much needed clarification to the use of strategically important land in Queensland.
|Your Ag Business Needs A Succession Plan|
Todd W. Hoppe, Ryan E. Lamb, David VanderHaagen; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
January 28, 2013, previously published on January 2013Planning for the future of your ag business is critical. Many owners postpone succession planning and estate planning, thinking they will have plenty of time in the future or that they can "just wait until "X" happens." The problem is that often "Y" happens first and...
|Heightened Pleading Standards for Affirmative Defenses|
Gregory L. Arbogast; Semmes, Bowen & Semmes A Professional Corporation;
January 28, 2013, previously published on January 2013In Hammer v. Peninsula Poultry Equip. Co., Inc., the United States District Court for the District of Maryland struck some unsupported affirmative defenses in one (1) of the two (2) Defendants’ Answers, and permitted both Defendants to amend their Answers. Judge Bennett held that Defendants...