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Taking Control: Oregon SB 1057

The Oregon Legislature recently passed Senate Bill 1057, which currently sits on the Governor’s desk awaiting her signature. The bill primarily addresses the Oregon Liquor Control Commission’s (OLCC) control over the state’s...more

Washington to Become the First State to Certify Organic Cannabis

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

On May 16, 2017, Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed GOP-sponsored Senate Bill 5131 to allow Washington State to be the first state in the nation to create a program to certify cannabis products as organic. The new law...more

From Mass to Class: Freeman v. Grain Processing Corporation

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Over the past two decades, large agricultural operations have become a popular target for plaintiffs’ attorneys. Bringing claims under common law causes of action like negligence, trespass, and especially nuisance based on...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

With complaint piling up, Fannie Mae has decided to stop selling REO properties to Vision Property, the rent-to-own home business that’s been the subject of predatory-lending investigations of late....more

Picking a Fight: How California Makes Employment Law Peculiar

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Our mission here at Cal-Pecs is to illuminate how California employment law differs from the law that employers generally experience throughout America. In this back-to-basics piece, we provide some...more

European Real Estate Finance: Recent developments

by White & Case LLP on

As part of our periodic updates, we will provide you with an overview of recent developments of relevance to participants in the real estate finance market and who may have an interest in the jurisdictions in which we have...more

EPA to Delay Agricultural WPS Indefinitely; Cites Issues with Guidance and Training

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

In a May 11, 2017, letter from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Assistant Administrator Wendy Cleland-Hamnett to the CEO of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) posted by...more

U.S. Treasury Secretary Mnuchin Urges Amending CFIUS Reviews

by Hogan Lovells on

On Thursday, May 18, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin waded further publicly into efforts on Capitol Hill to amend the authorizing statute underlying the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CFIUS), a U.S....more

United States and Australia: Comparable Food Safety Systems

by Jones Day on

On April 19, 2017, FDA announced that both the United States and Australia have recognized each other's food safety systems as comparable to each other. This is the third time that the FDA has given this recognition to a...more

USDA Schedules Public Meetings on Proposed GE Organism Regulations

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On May 18, 2017, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) published a notice in the Federal Register announcing the dates it would be hosting three public meetings to...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends - May 2017

by DLA Piper on

How FDA and USDA fare in the federal budget agreement. Rejecting cuts that had been proposed by the Trump Administration, the Congressional federal budget agreement increases funding for USDA and FDA programs supporting such...more

Thinking About Expanding Your Business?

by Ruder Ware on

Flyte Family Farm in Coloma has grown a lot over the years. Not only has Flyte grown tons of crops, but Flyte has also grown its business, which has expanded to five greenhouses and 3200 acres....more

D.C. Circuit Strikes Down CERCLA Reporting Exemptions for Animal Feeding Operations

by Williams Mullen on

The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has invalidated EPA’s 2008 rule exempting animal feeding operations (AFOs) from certain federal, state and local hazardous substance reporting...more

Hot List – What’s Happening in the California Legislature 5/15-5/19

by Fisher Phillips on

Our weekly California Legislature “hot list” provides you with a preview of the bills that are up (as well as other important legislative action) the following week....more

Succession Planning—Bet the Farm on It

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

Despite recent trends toward consolidation in the agricultural industry, farming generally remains a family affair. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, 97 percent of all farms in the United States are...more

Marijuana Farm Employees Face Numerous Health Hazards

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: NIOSH has released a study on the safety and health hazards posed by marijuana growing farms. Of concern for employers are the risks for musculoskeletal disorders, as well as dermal contact exposure to...more

Town of Southold Expands Scope of Agricultural Use

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

On April 25, 2017, the Southold Town Board adopted Local Law No. 5 of 2017, which amends the Town’s Zoning Code as it relates to agricultural uses. Specifically, the local law amends and adds certain definitions to the Code...more

Governor Christie Right-Sizes Pet Purchase Protection Law (Mostly)

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Governor Christie issued a conditional veto on May 1, 2017, amending S 3041 significantly and correcting some constitutional deficiencies in the existing law (New Jersey’s Pet Purchase Protection Act) as well as glaring...more

Correcting The Record On Livestock Standards Of Care

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Sometimes it is important to set the record straight. That is the case here. New Jersey stood at the forefront in the country of establishing humane standards of care for livestock and poultry for the state. In 2003,...more

Court of Appeal Upholds Issuance of Erosion-Control Permit as Ministerial and Exempt from CEQA

by Holland & Knight LLP on

In Sierra Club et al. v. County of Sonoma et al. (2017 WL 1422533), the California First District Court of Appeal held that the issuance of an erosion-control permit by the Agricultural Commissioner of Sonoma County...more

The Love/Hate Relationship Between Alcoholic Beverages and Cannabis Industries

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Here at GSB, we work with those in the cannabis industry (like producers, processors, retailers and ancillary service providers) and those in the alcoholic beverage industry (like wineries, breweries, distilleries, hotels and...more

Inadequate Disclosures Preclude Monetary Damages Recovery in Trademark Infringement Suit

by Orrick - NorCal IP Group on

Order Granting in Part and Denying in Part Defendant’s Motion for Summary Judgment, Sazerac Co., Inc., et al. v. Fetzer Vineyards, Inc., Case No. 3:15-cv-04618-WHO (Judge William H. Orrick) - As any practitioner who has...more

Appeals Court Decision Requires Air Emissions Reporting for Animal Waste

by Jackson Walker on

On April 11, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D. C. Circuit vacated a 2008 EPA rule, which had exempted certain agricultural operations from federal air emission reporting requirements...more

Could Your OSHA 300 Logs Lead to a Chemical National Emphasis Program Inspection?

An appeal pending before the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals (U.S. v. Mar-Jac Poultry, Inc., No. 16-17745, 11th Cir.) reveals a novel approach the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is taking to expand...more

Rare Grable Removal Sighted In Missouri

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Establishing federal jurisdiction over state-law claims through the Grable doctrine is rare, but a Missouri federal court recently reminded us that it is not impossible. In Bader Farms Inc. v. Monsanto Co., No....more

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