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The Grapes of Wrath Part II - A Return to Horne

In June of last year, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion in Horne v. Department of Agriculture holding that California raisin handlers could assert a takings claim as an affirmative defense to an enforcement...more

Oregon Court Limits Agri-tourism at Farm Stands

A land use decision by the Oregon Court of Appeals could impact farm marketing activities across the state, imposing new permitting requirements and forcing changes to business operations. The case, Greenfield v....more

McAfee & Taft AgLINC - Fall 2013: More than just a handshake - Due diligence, purchase contract required for real estate purchases

In western Oklahoma, where this author was born and raised, a handshake is often all that takes place to solidify a deal for the sale or purchase of a piece of land. The need for a purchase contract or anything other than a...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

Supreme Court Holds Temporary Flooding Can Be A Taking

After passing on a number of Fifth Amendment issues in recent history, the U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear three cases this term in which the takings clause plays a prominent role. And today, the Court addressed the...more

Court Decision on Loss of Goodwill Results in Sour Grapes for Business Owners

California is one of only a few states in which a business may recover for loss of goodwill when property is taken by eminent domain, but even here there are limitations on a business' right to recover for such damages. ...more

SB 618 Provides Limited Williamson Act Relief for Solar Developers

Just signed by Governor Brown, SB 618 (Wolk) creates, for the first time, an explicit mechanism for landowners and solar developers to remove non-prime agricultural land from existing Williamson Act contracts in order to use...more

Combating Childhood Obesity: a survey of laws affecting the built environments of low-income and minority children

Childhood overweight and obesity have reached epidemic proportions, with nearly one out of every three children in the United States being affected. That factors in the built environment are closely correlated to childhood...more

Renewables Update May 2011

PLANNING SCOTLAND'S RENEWABLE FUTURE With the SNP winning a historic 69 seats, we take a look at what the re-elected Scottish Government will need to do to the planning system if their ambitious renewables targets are to be...more

Trouble on the Range or a Green Opportunity? How the State's Budget Woes are Creating Both Challenges and Opportunities For...

While there are signs that the greater economy may be turning a corner, the State of California continues to struggle with its finances in the wake of the economic downturn. Indeed, despite all the political wrangling and...more

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