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|New Agricultural Guestworker Act Proposed in House|
Ryan E. Lamb; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
July 4, 2013, previously published on June 2013The Agricultural Guestworker Act (AG Act) of 2013 (H. R. 1773), a bill to provide American farmers with a revised temporary guestworker program, was introduced into the House of Representatives in late April.
|Attention Livestock Dealers: Understand the New Dealer Law|
Julie I. Fershtman; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
July 4, 2013, previously published on June 2013On October 1, 2012, a new Michigan law went into affect that has implications for certain people or businesses who engage in selling livestock in Michigan. The law, Public Act 317, was designed to control the spread of infectious diseases of livestock and animals in Michigan. It now requires those...
|Farm Bill to Move in the House Next Week|
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
June 19, 2013, previously published on June 14, 2013House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R-OK) said on Thursday he believes the farm bill will come up on the House floor next week and be finished in two days-assuming the whip count shows that he and ranking member Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN) are close to the 218 votes they need for...
|President Obama Issues a Memorandum Encouraging Development of the U.S. Electric Transmission Grid|
Peter S. Glaser, Kevin C. Greene, Daniel L. Larcamp, Clifford S. Sikora, Lara L. Skidmore; Troutman Sanders LLP;
June 19, 2013, previously published on June 17, 2013On June 7, 2013, President Obama issued a memorandum titled “Transforming our Nation’s Electric Grid Through Improved Siting, Permitting and Review.” The memo directs the Secretaries of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Energy, and the Interior (collectively the...
|Monsanto Avoids Declaratory Judgment Action Brought by Organic Farmers|
Courtenay C. Brinckerhoff; Foley & Lardner LLP;
June 14, 2013, previously published on June 13, 2013In Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association v. Monsanto Co., the Federal Circuit dismissed the plaintiffs’ declaratory judgment action against Monsanto, but in so doing held that Monsanto would be judicially estopped from asserting its patents against these farmers for inadvertent...
|Project Finance and USDA Rural Utilities Service - Request for Comments|
Bryan Stockton; Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky Popeo P.C.;
June 7, 2013, previously published on June 6, 2013On June 5, Acting Agriculture Under Secretary for Rural Development Doug O’Brien announced publication of an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) requesting public comment on expanding renewable energy and project financing programs under the Rural Utilities Service (RUS). The RUS...
|Can Our Association Do That? FCA Adopts New Rule for Farm Credit Subsidiaries|
Patrick F. Brown, David Gossett; Nexsen Pruet, LLC;
June 5, 2013, previously published on May 29, 2013The Farm Credit Administration has adopted a new final rule governing the ownership and use of unincorporated business entities (UBEs) by Farm Credit System institutions. It applies to investments by System institutions in limited partnerships, limited liability partnerships, limited liability...
|Business Divorce Cases in the Suffolk County Commercial Division|
Peter A. Mahler; Farrell Fritz, P.C.;
May 29, 2013, previously published on May 28, 2013Since the Second World War New York’s Suffolk County, occupying almost two-thirds of Long Island’s land mass, has experienced tremendous changes in population, demographics and in its economy.
|Identity of UM/UIM Insurance Carrier Must be Identified to the Jury when it is a Party to Civil Action|
Eric M. Leppo; Semmes, Bowen & Semmes A Professional Corporation;
May 29, 2013, previously published on May 2013In this recently issued opinion from the Maryland Court of Special Appeals, authored by Judge Wright, the Court of Special Appeals vacated a defense verdict and remanded the matter for a new trial. The Court held that the failure to have State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company identified as...
|FSIS Finalizes Rules Mandated by the 2008 Farm Bill|
Riëtte van Laack; Hyman, Phelps & McNamara, P.C.;
May 22, 2013, previously published on May 14, 2012On May 8, 2012, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (“FSIS”) published three sets of regulations mandated by the 2008 Farm Bill: (1) regulations requiring that meat and poultry plants promptly (within 24 hrs) notify FSIS that a contaminated or misbranded product has been released...