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New Cases Provide Mixed Messages to Conservation Easement Donors

Fifth Circuit encourages flexibility for conservation easement deductions in Bosque Mountain Ranch, while Tax Court makes it difficult for farmers in Rutkoske. Two important conservation easement opinions were handed down...more

Hartmann Plant Company Ordered to Stop Selling Infringing Blueberry Plant Varieties after Admitting to Willfully Infringing...

by Knobbe Martens on

Patent Judgments & Awards - Univ. of Fla. Bd. of Trustees v. Hartmann’s Plant Co., No. 1:16-CV-00027-MW-GRJ (N.D. Fla.) - The University of Florida obtained patents covering new varieties of blueberry plants that can be...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | August 2017 #2

Chicago SSB Tax May Cause State to Lose Federal Funding, USDA Warns - According to a warning letter from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) tax that took effect in the Chicago...more

Reading the Tea Leaves: Sales of Macadamia Nut Could Be Going Up!

On July 24, 2017, the Food and Drug Administration announced that it had responded to a November 2015 petition from Royal Hawaiian Macadamia Nut, Inc. for a new qualified health claim characterizing the relationship between...more

Six things to know about glyphosate

by DLA Piper on

Glyphosate, one of the most widely used herbicides in the world, is under scrutiny by media and plaintiff groups amid recent reports that it is potentially carcinogenic. A key ingredient in consumer and industrial...more

Reaping Wild Oats – Creative Strategies Employing the Concepts of Chapter 12 of the Bankruptcy Code for Handling Distressed...

by Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP on

Handling distressed agricultural loans can be very tricky. Loan balances for agricultural loans are typically smaller than nonagricultural commercial real property secured loans, requiring that they be handled extremely cost...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | August 2017

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) has sent a letter to Scott Gottlieb, commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), calling for an investigation into the use of phthalates in food and fast-food packaging. Citing a...more

USDA Releases Annual Technology Transfer Report

On July 20, 2017, USDA released its technology transfer report for fiscal year 2016. The report outlines the public release of information, tools, and solutions and the adoption and enhancement of research outcomes by...more

USDA Announces $15.1 Million In Grants For Bioenergy and Bioproducts

On July 20, 2017, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) awarded 34 grants totaling $15.1 million for research on renewable energy, biobased products, and agroecosystems....more

California Governor Signs Climate Change Law Extending the Cap-And-Trade Program Until 2030

by Holland & Knight LLP on

AB 398 passed in both the California State Senate and Assembly with a two-thirds majority of bipartisan lawmakers. It received support from businesses and environmental advocates alike. Governor Jerry Brown signed the bill...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | July 2017#3

EU to Issue Guidelines on Discriminatory Food Distribution - European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has reportedly indicated the EU will issue guidelines discouraging companies from selling apparently identical...more

USDA Awards $4.6 Million in Nanotechnology Research Grants

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On July 20, 2017, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced 13 grants worth $4.6 million for research on the next generation of agricultural technologies...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends - July 2017 #2

by DLA Piper on

What impact will the listing of glyphosate under Prop 65 have on food companies? On July 7, glyphosate, the active ingredient in common herbicides, was added to California's Prop 65 list. This means that starting in July...more

EVEN BAMBI IS A TRADE SECRET: Eastern District Of Texas Finds That Lineage and Genetic Information of Deer Are Trade Secrets,...

As surprising as it may be to city dwellers, the deer farming industry generates $3 billion per year for the U.S. economy. According to the North American Deer Farmers Association, “deer farming is one of the fastest growing...more

Trump’s Cuba Policy Could Impact U.S. Agriculture and Other Exports

For American farmers and businesses hoping a pro-business administration would foster increased access to the burgeoning Cuban market, the new trade restrictions announced on June 16 may be a disappointment....more

Cause for Concern Over Organic Fertilizer Made from Food Waste?

by Downey Brand LLP on

In December 2016, the National Organic Program (NOP) issued guidance 5034-1 that can be interpreted as approving of food waste for use in organic crop production (for example, as an input in fertilizer) without regard to...more

Court Finds That Breach Of Fiduciary Duty Claims Is Preempted By Trade Secrets Claim

by Winstead PC on

In Super Starr Int’l, LLC v. Fresh Tex Produce, LLC, a Texas entity that distributes produce throughout the United States filed suit against another Texas entity that imports foreign grown produce into the United States and...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | July 2017 #2

GE Salmon Bill Introduced in U.S. Senate - A bipartisan group of U.S. senators has introduced a bill that would require labeling of genetically engineered (GE) salmon and independent scientific review of the U.S. Food and...more

New NC Law Improves Protections of Farmers Against Unionization

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

On July 13, 2017, North Carolina helped farmers by improving statutory protections against unionization. Although farmworkers generally do not have a statutory right to unionize under N.C. or federal law, unions are using...more

When the Law Gives you Lemons: Will Citric Acid Make Good Lemonade for Plaintiffs? 

The food and beverage industry is faced with an onslaught of consumer fraud class actions targeting everything from the use of the terms “all natural,” “healthy,” and “organic,” to the amount of slack-fill in particular...more

Specific Agricultural Interests Added to SGMA

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Farmers, ranchers and dairy professionals are now identified as being among the beneficial uses and users of groundwater whose interests must be considered under the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act. This is the result...more

Guest Post -- The Emergent Microbiome: A Revolution for the Life Sciences Part XI: Agriculture and the Microbiome

Knowledge of, and interest in, the human microbiome has rapidly expanded in recent years: each week, there seems to be additional advancements in our understanding of the microbial communities that call our bodies home. As...more

Cannabis Industry FAQ

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Can marijuana businesses receive federal copyright protection? Yes. The requirements for registration with the U.S. Copyright Office are that the work is original, creative and fixed in some form of expression. These...more

U.S. Exports of Whiskey, Juice, and Dairy Products to Europe Targeted for Retaliation against President Trump’s Plans to Limit...

by Hogan Lovells on

U.S. trading partners have begun to signal their plans to consider retaliatory measures in response to President Trump’s Section 232 Investigations on steel imports. In particular, European Union (EU) officials recently...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | July 2017

Cruz-Alvarez and Canfield Examine Recent Ruling on Website Access for Visually Impaired - Food and beverage companies offering retail sales on the web are facing a wave of lawsuits filed by visually impaired plaintiffs...more

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