Aaron M. Phelps

Aaron M. Phelps

Varnum LLP

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Growing Michigan - Second Quarter 2014

For decades, the Environmental Protection Agency has been charged with administering the United States Clean Water Act. One question that has bedeviled farmers, business owners and individuals – as well as judges and lawyers...more

6/5/2014 - Clean Water Act DOL Employer Liability Issues EPA Farm Bill Farms FDA FSMA Ghost Workers Jurisdiction REAP USDA Waters of the United States

U.S. Agricultural Export Markets Expanded Through 2014 Farm Bill Programs

Funding made available from the 2014 Farm Act has allowed the USDA to establish programs to assist in the growth of commercial export markets. The USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) recently granted funding to more...more

5/14/2014 - Farm Bill Federal Funding Funding USDA

Growing Michigan - Fourth Quarter 2013

In This Issue: - Proposed EPA Water Rule Could Expand Regulatory Authority Over Streams and Wetlands - USDA Finalizes Import Regulations for "Mad Cow Disease" - Organic Farmers Effected by Farm Bill Extension...more

1/20/2014 - EPA Farm Bill Farms Food Labeling Mad Cow Disease Organic USDA Water

Anti-Disclosure Provision In Farm Bill Being Considered

According to the Associated Press, Congress is considering a provision in the farm bill that would prohibit the government from disclosing information about farmers or their employees. The House version of the bill would...more

12/16/2013 - Disclosure Farm Bill

Organic Farmers Effected By Farm Bill Extension

The Farm Bill extension that was passed last January to give Congress more time to get the final bill passed no longer contained an annual federal subsidy that helped certified organic farmers cover the cost of getting their...more

12/11/2013 - Farm Bill Farms

Growing Michigan - Second Quarter 2013

In This Issue: - Monsanto Wins Supreme Court Patent Case Concerning Roundup Ready Soy Beans - Farm Bill Moves Forward But Remains in Doubt - Bridge to Prosperity: New Bridge Between U.S. and Canada Approved -...more

6/20/2013 - Affordable Care Act Bowman v Monsanto Bridges Canada Farm Bill Genetically Engineered Seed Health Insurance Tax Healthcare Monsanto SCOTUS Small Business Wine & Alcohol

Farm Bill Moves Forward But Remains In Doubt

Having passed the Senate Ag Committee, the Farm Bill moves to the floor this week with hopes of passage so the Senate can move on to another important issue for agriculture – immigration reform....more

6/10/2013 - Farm Bill Proposed Legislation

Growing Michigan - Fourth Quarter 2012

In This Issue: - MISS Dig Bills Pass in Michigan Senate, Stall in House - Farm Bill Still Stalled - Ag Groups Urge Action on Estate Taxes - SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans Now Available in Michigan - Michigan...more

12/29/2012 - Disaster Loans Economic Injuries Estate Tax Farm Bill Groundwater Permits SBA Wetlands

Farm Bill Still Stalled

With members of Congress back in session for a lame duck session, the future of the stalled farm bill remains uncertain. It’s possible the bill, which includes $35 billion in savings over 10 years, could surface as part of...more

12/19/2012 - Farm Bill Lame Duck Session

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