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|Have Passport? (Organic Product) Will Travel|
Marnie A. Jensen; Husch Blackwell LLP;
November 12, 2014, previously published on October 29, 2014In order to legally sell, label, or represent a product as “organic” in the United States, the product must comply with the USDA National Organic Program regulations (the “NOP”). In practice, this means that the production or handling operation must be certified by an...
|Minnesota Jury Rules in Favor of Dairy Farmers|
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
November 4, 2014, previously published on October 29, 2014A jury has awarded the owners of a family farm near Pine River, Minnesota damages based on claims against a local electric cooperative. The family claimed that stray voltage caused issues with its dairy cows.
|Steer Clear of Employment Law Issues During Harvest Season|
Karl W. Butterer; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
November 2, 2014, previously published on October 15, 2014Harvest time is often the busiest time of the season for Michigan’s farms, orchards, vineyards and other agricultural operations. It’s also peak employment season, requiring new workers and resources to keep up with the demands of the harvest, the proclivities of nature, and the nuances...
|Best Practices Agricultural Businesses Should Follow When Creating or Revising an Employee Handbook|
Melissa J. Jackson; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
November 2, 2014, previously published on October 15, 2014An employee handbook is one of the most important tools employers in the agricultural industry have at their disposal to communicate with employees about important workplace issues. It also can serve as an excellent defense to claims. Having a handbook signals to employees that the business regards...
|Syngenta Faces Additional Lawsuits over MIR162 Corn|
Megan R. Galey; Husch Blackwell LLP;
October 23, 2014, previously published on October 14, 2014On October 3rd, corn growers in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, and Nebraska filed multiple class action lawsuits against Syngenta related to MIR162, the Agrisure Viptera trait. The class actions come on the heels of similar lawsuits filed by Cargill and Trans Coastal Supply Company in...
|New Compliance Requirements Affect Producers’ Eligibility for Federal Crop Insurance Subsidies|
Nicholas A. Reister, Rachael M. Roseman; Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge, P.C.;
October 23, 2014, previously published on October 20, 2014In 2014, Congress passed the Agricultural Act of 2014 (the “Act”), more commonly known as the 'Farm Bill,' which included many significant changes. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, these new provisions are designed to provide “flexibility, accountability, and...
|National Farm-to-School Month: New Toolkits and Videos from USDA Promoting Local Agriculture in our Public Schools|
October 14, 2014, previously published on October 9, 2014October 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...
|Incoming: Recent News on FAA Drone Approval May Benefit Agricultural Operations|
Taylor A. Gast, John W. Mashni; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
September 1, 2014, previously published on August 21, 2014The 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...
|Court 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.;
September 1, 2014, previously published on August 21, 2014The 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.
|USDA Orders Reporting of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus|
Todd W. Hoppe, Liza C. Moore; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
July 25, 2014, previously published on July 18, 2014Over 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...