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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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

HTML2014 Farm Bill Opportunities for Young and Beginning Farmers
Allison M. Collins; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
March 19, 2015, previously published on December 11, 2014
Only six percent of farm operators nationwide are under 35 years old, and as the age of the average American farmer continues to increase, so does the need for a new generation of farmers to replace retirees and carry forward the agricultural industry. The 2014 Farm Bill recognized the need to...

 

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...

 

HTMLU.S. Imposes Sweeping Sanctions on Crimea
Kara M. Bombach, Sandra K. Jorgensen, Julia Sorrentino; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 16, 2015, previously published on December 22, 2014
On Dec. 19, 2014, President Obama signed an Executive Order prohibiting most transactions by U.S. persons with respect to the Crimea Region of Ukraine (Crimea) and blocking the property of certain individuals and entities (together, Crimea Sanctions). Additionally, the Office of Foreign Assets...

 

HTMLRealizing the Potential to Become the Breadbasket of the World
Vicky B. McPherson; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
January 16, 2015, previously published on November 20, 2014
The commentary is well-known about the potential for Africa to become the breadbasket for the world amid the wide-spread need for food security. However, despite this widely regarded potential, not very many countries in Africa have addressed the equally well-known challenges to making this more...

 

HTMLMending Your Fence: Business Procedures to Protect the Farm and Your Family
William H. Franks, Jeffrey R. Wonacott; Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
December 12, 2014, previously published on November 12, 2014
There are a variety of reasons that you may choose or have chosen to operate your farming business through a legal entity (generally a corporation or limited liability company (LLC)). One of the most important benefits from operating your business through a legal entity is the limited liability...

 

HTMLHorses, Hops, and the Hobby Loss Rules
Timothy M. White; Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
December 12, 2014, previously published on November 12, 2014
If you take a drive through northern Michigan you are likely to come across at least a few horse farms. Increasingly, you may also spy large trellises draped with hops, and it seems as though anyone with more than an acre lot is planting a few grape vines these days. Sometimes, these horse and...

 


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