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Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update: Budget Negotiations Continue, Conference Committees Focus on Policy

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

On May 30, three days following the adjournment of the 2017 First Special Session, Governor Mark Dayton signed all budget bills, the tax bill and a bonding bill to conclude the work of the 2017 Minnesota Legislature —...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

The House and Senate Reach An Agreement on the Roads Bill

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

The Conference Committee on H.3516, commonly referred to as the “roads bill,” held several meetings late last week in an attempt to work out a compromise between the House and Senate versions of the legislation. The...more

Ontario Introduces 15% Tax on Foreign Real Estate Buyers

by Dickinson Wright on

The Ontario government announced a new proposal to impose a 15 percent tax on purchases of residential real estate by foreign buyers as part of its Fair Housing Plan. Similar to the foreign buyer tax enacted last year by the...more

Michigan’s 2017 Property Tax Assessment Appeal Deadlines Are Approaching

by Dickinson Wright on

Wednesday, May 31, 2017, is the deadline for filing 2017 petitions with the Michigan Tax Tribunal for property tax appeals involving commercial real property, industrial real property, developmental real property, commercial...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends - March 2017

by DLA Piper on

Appeals court rejects lawsuit calling for mandatory “cage-free” egg labeling. On February 27, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit rejected a lawsuit filed by two animal advocacy groups and six egg consumers who had...more

Who Will Bear the Brunt of a NAFTA Renegotiation?

by Varnum LLP on

President Trump's plans to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) give rise to a number of questions about the future of trade between the United States, Mexico and Canada. While such a move might...more

Property Tax Exemption Application Deadline Approaches

March 1st is the deadline for filing all property tax exemption applications in the state of Florida. No matter in which of the 67 Florida counties you own property, please be certain that any property tax exemptions you may...more

Land tax win for property developers, primary production

by Dentons on

In a ground breaking win for property developers, a recent NSW Court of Appeal decision found that land held for future development but used for grazing, can be exempt from land tax....more

Customs. Major Russian legislation changes for 2016

by Dentons on

We would like to present the overview of the most important legislation changes in customs for 2016....more

South Carolina Court of Appeals, in Montgomery v. Spartanburg County Assessor, Reverses Prior Administrative Law Court Order...

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

The South Carolina Court of Appeals’ recent opinion in Montgomery v. Spartanburg County Assessor provides an interesting discussion of the definition of “fair market value for agricultural purposes” in connection with South...more

New Treasury Proposed Regulations: Bad for family farms

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

In transferring the ownership of family farms to the next generation, it is common to take advantage of certain valuation discounts in making transfers. The Department of Treasury recently released proposed regulations under...more

New important laws and proposed amendments to the Constitution of Azerbaijan

by Dentons on

The Azerbaijani Parliament has recently adopted several new important laws and proposed amendments to the Constitution of Azerbaijan. Below we summarize the Law of the Republic of Azerbaijan “On Antidumping and Countervailing...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends - August 2016 #2

by DLA Piper on

This regular publication by DLA Piper lawyers focuses on helping clients navigate the ever-changing business, legal and regulatory landscape. - GMO labeling bill enacted into federal law. On July 29, President Barack...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends - July 2016

by DLA Piper on

This regular publication by DLA Piper lawyers focuses on helping clients navigate the ever-changing business, legal and regulatory landscape. Beverage industry considers court action against Philadelphia’s soda tax. The...more

NC Legislative Update - June 2016 #3

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

This Week - Both chambers accelerated pace in an eventful week as several Committees met more than once throughout the week with some even meeting after the day’s floor session. Senior House Appropriations Chairman Rep....more

Senate Committee Passes Amendments Aimed at Easing PA 116 Burdens

by Varnum LLP on

In March 2016, the Michigan House unanimously passed House Bills 5189, 5190 and 5191, and the bills were subsequently passed by the Michigan Senate Agriculture Committee. The legislation is aimed at altering procedures for...more

H.R. 5240 Introduced to Extend the Biodiesel Tax Credit

by Varnum LLP on

In labeling renewable fuel sources such as biodiesel "critical" to the nation's energy future, American Farm Bureau President Ziggy Duvall is encouraging lawmakers to act on the Biodiesel Tax Incentive Reform and Extension...more

NC Legislative Update - May 2016 #4

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

This Week - Lawmakers have left Raleigh to enjoy a long weekend, planning to return Tuesday following Memorial Day. The House held a no vote session on Thursday, but the Senate continued to work, unveiling proposals for...more

Opportunity to reduce import costs into Canada - but you need to act now!

by Dickinson Wright on

In Budget 2016: Growing the Middle Class, the Government of Canada announced its intention to eliminate tariffs on food manufacturing ingredients, such as those used in the agri-food processing industry, as part of its plan...more

Congress Passes MTB Reform Legislation

Congress has enacted new legislation, the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2016 (H.R. 4923), which offers a unique opportunity for U.S. companies whose imported goods require the payment of tariffs (i.e., normal...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends Series - May 2016

by DLA Piper on

This regular publication by DLA Piper lawyers focuses on helping clients navigate the ever-changing business, legal and regulatory landscape. FDA finalizes rule to combat antimicrobial resistance. The FDA this week...more

2016-17 New York State Budget

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

On April 13, 2016, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed the 2016-17 New York State Budget into law. We summarize the highlights of the revenue provisions below. Personal Income/Estate Taxes Personal Income Tax rates are scheduled...more

Proposed Tariff Elimination for Certain Agri-Food Ingredients

by Bennett Jones LLP on

In Budget 2016: Growing the Middle Class, the Government of Canada announced its intention to eliminate customs duties on imports of certain food manufacturing ingredients, excluding supply-managed (TRQ) products. This...more

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

The second of three Minnesota legislative committee deadlines arrives tonight at midnight. By this second deadline, committees must act favorably upon a bill that met the first deadline in the other house, or the bill does...more

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