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

Commission of Agriculture Approves Revised GAAMP’s Limiting Scope of Right to Farm Act

For over a year, the Michigan Ag Commission has considered expanding the scope of the "site selection" GAAMPs in order to bring even small livestock facilities within its scope. The site selection GAAMPs have traditionally...more

5/27/2014 - Farms Livestock Protocol Public Policy

Michigan Department Of Ag Looks To Limit Scope Of Right To Farm Act

Now: Currently, commercial farms are protected from local regulation, including zoning restrictions. The existing "Site Selection" GAAMPs, which generally require large livestock production facilities to be located in...more

2/3/2014 - Department of Agriculture Farms Right to Farm Act

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

2013 Corn Crop Production Expected To Set Records

According to the Michigan Ag Connection, Michigan's crop yields are expected to hit record numbers this year for corn. The average corn yield is expected to be a record 156 bushels per acre, in comparison to a yield of 133...more

12/13/2013 - Commodities Farms

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

Michigan Tart Cherry Growers Gain Access To Federal Crop Insurance

In response to Michigan's devastating 2012 cherry crop, Senator Debbie Stabenow recently led the charge to gain Michigan tart cherry growers access to purchase federal crop insurance for the first time ever. Insurance was...more

9/30/2013 - Crop Insurance Farms

MISS Dig Bills Pass In Michigan Senate, Stall In House

Legislation creating a new MISS Dig law passed the Michigan Senate on November 29 in a 26-12 vote, but failed to make it through the House before the 2012 Legislative Session closed on December 13. Supporters plan to...more

12/21/2012 - Excavation Farms Permits

Michigan Farmers Concerned About Wetland Use Permit Changes

Michigan farmers have been exempt from seeking permits for various activities since the 1980s, including performing drain maintenance within a private agricultural drain. They have also been allowed to "construct new...more

12/21/2012 - Clean Water Act EPA Farms Permits Wetlands

Ag Groups Urge Action On Estate Taxes

More than 30 agriculture groups recently sent a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate urging them to provide farmers and ranchers with permanent relief from the estate tax....more

12/20/2012 - Estate Tax Farms

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans Now Available In Michigan

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering federal economic injury disaster loans in eight Michigan counties that had excessive rain last August....more

12/18/2012 - Aquaculture Disaster Loans Economic Injuries Farms Financing SBA

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