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Insights Newsletter - Spring 2015

In This Issue: - The Importance of Accredited Investors for Small Business Capital Formation - “All Appropriate Inquiries”: Update on the Environmental Due Diligence Standard - A Hunt for Justice Erodes...more

Even Further Down the Rabbit Hole: New EU Legislation Adds to GMO Quagmire

A vote by European Union (EU) lawmakers in mid-January gave individual governments within the 28-nation bloc the authority to decide whether genetically modified organisms (GMOs) can be grown and cultivated within their...more

Wisconsin Supreme Court Applies Pollution Exclusion to Well Contaminated with Manure

Recently, the Wisconsin Supreme Court held that the pollution exclusion applies to well water contamination arising from the application of manure to nearby farmland, relieving a general liability insurer of its duty to...more

Wisconsin Supreme Court: Pollution Exclusion Bars Coverage for Well Contamination Resulting from the Application of Manure and...

In Wilson Mutual Ins. Co. v. Robert Falk and Jane Falk, 2013AP691 & 2013AP776, and Preisler v. Kuettel’s Septic Serv., 2012AP2521, the Wisconsin Supreme Court sought to resolve conflicting court of appeals’ decisions on...more

Court Holds Small Business Administration and Farm Service Agency Must Consult on Loan Guarantees

A federal district court in Arkansas recently issued a decision clarifying that the obligation to consult under section 7(a)(2) of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) extends to the Small Business Administration and the Farm...more

Improving Australian Agricultural Competitiveness

The Commonwealth Government has released its Green Paper exploring a range of policy options to expand the competitiveness of the Australian agriculture sector and its share of the global market. The Green Paper serves...more

North Carolina Legislative Report

The General Assembly’s Short Session began on Wednesday, May 14, 2014. The MVA Public Affairs Legislative Report on North Carolina will be distributed weekly to keep you up to date on the latest legislative issues facing the...more

Barnhardt Manufacturing Earns USDA Biobased Product Certification Label

On April 11, 2014, Barnhardt Manufacturing Company (Barnhardt) announced that its HyDri™ Cotton product has earned a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Certified Biobased Product label under the Department's BioPreferred...more

Wisconsin Appellate Court Holds Manure Not a Pollutant

In its recent decision in Wilson Mutual Ins. Co. v. Falk, 2013 Wisc. App. LEXIS 1031 (Wis. App. Dec. 11, 2013), the Court of Appeals for Wisconsin had occasion to consider whether cow manure generated at a dairy farm...more

Solar Project Prevails Over Williamson Act, CEQA Claims in Save Panoche Valley

A recent California appellate decision broke new ground for solar energy developers by upholding a County’s decision to cancel numerous Williamson Act contracts and approve a large solar project despite potentially...more

Even If You Can't Insure The End Of Days, You Can Insure Some Of The Effects Of Climate Change

Today is the day the world ended. But it didn’t. The spin put by some on the Mayan calendar didn’t pan out and the world continued. Here in Baltimore we didn’t buy into the predictions, but just in case, we went looking...more

Episode 66 – Farmer Al Courchesne and Community Supported Agriculture

Located in Brentwood, an hour east of San Francisco, Frog Hollow Farm produces organic stone summer fruit – cherries, nectarines, plums, peaches and pluots – on 143 acres in California’s Central Valley. In the fall, Farmer...more

Interview Agrarisch Magazine januari 2012

Een interview in het Agrarisch Magazine van Cunningham Lindsey, januari 2012...more

Australia's Clean Energy Future - Carbon Farming

Summary of the Carbon Farming Initiative in Australia - which is the proposed "domestic" off-set for the proposed Federal Emissions Trading Scheme due to be implemented in July 2012....more

McAfee & Taft AgLINC - June 2011

In This Issue: 1 Jacky Martin racing again 2 Endangered species litigation 3 The Oklahoma Livestock Owner’s Lien Act 4 Winds of change Excerpt from "Jacky Martin racing again" Racing legend looks to McAfee & Taft...more

McAfee & Taft AgLINC - December 2010

INSIDE THIS ISSUE: 2 Oklahoma’s Nontestamentary Transfer of Property Act 3 Tracking EPA’s enforcement of the CAFO Mandatory Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule 3 The excess farm loss deduction limitation 4 Oklahoma’s Oil and...more

Non-Agricultural Land Use Tax

Please find below the recent Client Alert on the Non-Agricultural Land Use Tax....more

Agriculture Provisions of House CLimate Change Bill ("ACES")

Document is a summary of the Agriculture provisions that amended the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 before it narrowly passed the House of Representatives on June 26, 2009. It is now currently on the calender...more

ABCs of Carbon Markets

A guide to carbon markets, including frequently asked questions, descriptions of and terminology used by the major emissions trading systems, and a glossary of carbon trading terms. ...more

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