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Obama Administration’s Organic Animal Welfare Rule Postponed a Second Time

by Varnum LLP on

For the second time, the effective date of the Organic Animal Welfare Rule (OAWR) proposed by the United States Department of Agriculture during the last days of the Obama administration has been pushed back. The new...more

Rhode Island Considering Legislation to Streamline Process of Developing Renewable Energy Projects

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

The Rhode Island General Assembly is considering several bills designed to streamline the local permitting process statewide and make it easier and cheaper for developers of renewable energy projects to do business in the...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

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

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

Recent Legislative Changes to the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation: Tightening the Belt on Terminating...

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

In my previous blog, “Preserving Agricultural Land in Maryland – Reaping Rewards for Farmers,” I discussed the various programs available in the State of Maryland to provide financial incentives to encourage farmers 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

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

Preserving Agricultural Land in Maryland – Reaping Rewards for Farmers

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

While growth and development is inevitable in the name of progress, the State of Maryland and its more rural counties have made efforts to find some balance by providing incentives to farmers for preserving agricultural land...more

Federal Court Strikes Down EPA Farm Exemption Reporting Rule

by Barley Snyder on

Farms formerly exempt from certain federal, environmental reporting regulations now will have to go through the reporting process after a federal court decision earlier this month erased the Environmental Protection Agency...more

French Legal and Regulatory Update – March 2017

by Hogan Lovells on

The Paris office of Hogan Lovells is pleased to provide this English language edition of our monthly e-newsletter, which offers a legal and regulatory update covering France and Europe for March 2017. Please see full...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

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Prepaid card company NetSpend has reached a $53 million settlement with the FTC to resolve claims that the company “deceived customers about when and whether they could access money they deposited on its reloadable debit...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

Hemp: Coming to a Farm Near You?

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Plans to expand New York’s Industrial Hemp Agricultural Pilot Program were recently announced by Governor Andrew Cuomo at one of his State of the State addresses. The program, which commenced in 2016, was authorized pursuant...more

Final Rule Affecting Organic Livestock and Poultry Producers Put on Hold

by Barley Snyder on

As Barley Snyder follows the evolution of the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices Final Rule, the Agricultural Marketing Service of the USDA recently announced the effective date of the rule has been delayed to May 19 --...more

Managing a Dairy in Crisis: A Lender’s Guide

by Varnum LLP on

Managing a failing dairy is always a challenge for agricultural lenders. The complexity of large dairies, the nature of the collateral (live animals and perishable feeds), and the tight margins that exist when milk prices...more

Clearing up Standards to Earn Government’s “Organic” Seal

by Barley Snyder on

Federal officials believe a new rule will increase consumer confidence in the government’s “organic” seal and allow for more uniform enforcement of standards concerning organic products. The Organic Livestock and Poultry...more

The Path Forward for Industrial Hemp in Indian Country

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

On Oct. 24, 2016, Reuters and Forbes reported that the Navajo Nation, whose reservation is the largest by square miles in the United States, was in the final stages of partnering with CannaNative to grow industrial hemp on...more

Senator Stabenow Introduces Urban Agriculture Act of 2016

by Varnum LLP on

This fall, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow announced plans to introduce the Urban Agriculture Act of 2016, legislation that would support urban farming initiatives and increase access to healthy food. “Urban agriculture is...more

Be Prepared Before Your Borrower Files a Farm Bankruptcy

by Ruder Ware on

How prepared are you for a workout or Chapter 12 farm bankruptcy filed by your Borrower? Make it your New Year’s Resolution to know the answer to these questions about your Borrower. Do you conduct regular file reviews?...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

Food for Thought: Ninth Circuit Rejects GMO and Pesticide Bans in Three Hawaii Counties Because State and Federal Laws Preempt the...

by Carlton Fields on

Alika Atay et al v. County of Maui, et al, No. 15-16466 (9th Cir., Nov. 18, 2016) - Hawai’i Papaya Indus. Assn., et al v. County of Hawaii, No. 14-17538 (9th Circ., Nov. 18, 2016) - Robert Ito Farm, Inc., et al. v. County...more

$18 Million Fine Levied for Campaign Finance Violation in Washington State

by Perkins Coie on

On November 3, 2016, a Thurston County Superior Court judge levied an $18 million penalty against a trade association for violations of Washington campaign finance laws. This is believed to be the largest campaign finance...more

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