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HTMLNational Farm-to-School Month: New Toolkits and Videos from USDA Promoting Local Agriculture in our Public Schools
GrayRobinson P.A.;
Legal Alert/Article
October 14, 2014, previously published on October 9, 2014
October is “National Farm-to-School Month” - a collaborative public-private effort to bring healthier, locally-grown foods into our public school systems. Farmers and educators are working with government agencies (federal and state), as well as nutritionists, health advocates and food...


HTMLCourt of Appeals Holds Owner Can be Held Liable for Negligence Because of Defective Front-End Loader
Dirk H. Beckwith, Rachel N. Gizicki; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
September 1, 2014, previously published on August 21, 2014
The Michigan Court of Appeals recently held that a plaintiff who fell from a front-end loader (also known as a pay loader or bucket loader) that was missing part of the ladder used to access the cabin, had a claim of ordinary negligence against the owner.


HTMLIncoming: Recent News on FAA Drone Approval May Benefit Agricultural Operations
Taylor A. Gast, John W. Mashni; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
September 1, 2014, previously published on August 21, 2014
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently approved the first commercial use of low-risk unmanned aircrafts, commonly called drones. This news comes shortly after the FAA’s June 2, 2014 press release announcing that it was considering petitions for drone use from seven commercial...


HTMLUSDA Orders Reporting of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus
Todd W. Hoppe, Liza C. Moore; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
July 25, 2014, previously published on July 18, 2014
Over 7 million pigs have died from the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv) since May 2013. The infected pigs come from farms of all sizes in 30 states and four Canadian Provinces. While the virus doesn’t affect humans or the safety of pork products, it is a matter of great concern to pork...


HTMLUSDA to Fund Electric System Improvements in Rural Areas
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 18, 2014, previously published on July 16, 2014
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that it will invest more than $250 million in loan proceeds to help improve the reliability of electric systems in rural areas in eight states. A portion of the funds will be used to modernize the systems with smart grid improvements.


HTMLNew FDA Current Good Manufacturing Processes Rule Expected for Animal Food Manufacturers
Diane J. Romza-Kutz, Fredric E. Roth; Husch Blackwell LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 9, 2014, previously published on July 3, 2014
As part of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) passed in March of 2011, the FDA was given a mandate to update its regulations to create a new set of regulations/rules that enables it to prevent the introduction of adulterated food into the human and animal food supply in the U.S., as opposed...


HTMLThe Food Fight Continues: POM Wonderful’s Lanham Act Claim Not Barred by Food Labeling Regulations
Michael R. Annis, Christopher M. Bikus, Megan R. Galey; Husch Blackwell LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 26, 2014, previously published on June 17, 2014
Last Thursday (June 19), the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously decided that the federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (“FDCA”) does not preclude POM Wonderful’s deceptive labeling claims under the Lanham Act against Coca-Cola. POM Wonderful LLC v. Coca-Cola Co., No. 12-761, slip op. at...


HTMLUnited States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit Dismissed Plaintiffs’ Claims for Lack of Article III Standing and Failure to Demonstrate General Causation
Sarah M. Grago; Semmes Bowen Semmes A Professional Corporation;
Legal Alert/Article
June 25, 2014, previously published on June 2014
In Venancio Aguasanta Arias v. Dyncorp, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit affirmed all but one of the prior judgments rendered by the District Court. Appellants consist of a group of Ecuadorian provinces and individual farmers who alleged personal injury and...


HTMLBrand Owners Beware: Important Changes in Canadian Trademark Law are on the Horizon
Joan K. Archer; Husch Blackwell LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 11, 2014, previously published on June 4, 2014
The Canadian Government recently introduced Bill C-31, the Economic Action Plan Act 2014, No.1. This omnibus bill includes changes to a wide variety of laws in Canada. The potential amendments to Canada’s Trade-marks Act will have a significant impact on brand owners, as well as intellectual...


HTMLKeeping the Farm in the Family: Gift Planning by Defined Valuation Clauses
George F. Bearup; Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
June 6, 2014, previously published on May 27, 2014
We regularly counsel our clients on their desires to keep the farm in the family. Farms tend to embody a lot of family history and hard work that their owners want to pass on to their kids and grandchildren. Although there are numerous ways to pass it on, one of the ways often contemplated is by a...


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