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South Carolina Conservation Easements for Farm and Forestry Property

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

There are 12.9 million acres of commercial forestland in South Carolina. More than half of the forestland is family-owned, and 82% of private owners live on the land. The state also has about 25,000 farms, which encompass 4.9...more

ECJ sides with farmers on genetically modified crops

by Hogan Lovells on

The European Court of Justice has held that Member States may not adopt emergency measures prohibiting genetically modified food and feed (GMOs) unless there is clear evidence that a particular GMO presents a serious risk to...more

National Milk Producers Federation Working to Improve Labor Challenges

by Varnum LLP on

USAgNet.com recently reported that National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) President and CEO Jim Mulhern praised the work of Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) for offering an amendment to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - August 2017 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - California attorney general sues EPA over records on administrator - Washington Post - Aug 11 - California’s Attorney General Xavier Becerra sued the U.S. Environmental Protection...more

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

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

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

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

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

NAFTA Renegotiation Would Intend to Benefit Farmers, Ranchers

by Varnum LLP on

In recent weeks, the Trump administration took the first step toward renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Robert Lighthizer, United States Trade Representative (USTR), sent a letter to Congress...more

Stemilt Growers and Ag Services Sued By EEEOC For Sexual Harassment, Retaliation

Federal Agency Alleges Latina Tractor Driver Demoted After Refusing Supervisor's Sexual Advances - SEATTLE -The largest grower of organic tree fruit in the United States, Stemilt Growers, and its integrated business,...more

Update on Bill 17: The Fair and Family-friendly Workplaces Act

by Field Law on

Bill 17: The Fair and Family-friendly Workplaces Act became law on June 7, 2017, when it received Royal Assent. As noted in our earlier Alert, which set out the highlights of the Bill, the effective dates for each Part of the...more

North Carolina Adds New Protections for CAFOs Against Nuisance Lawsuits

by Freeborn & Peters LLP on

By statute, North Carolina has capped the monetary awards available for nuisance claims related to agricultural or forestry operations. The law, H.B. 467, was designed to protect hog farms and other concentrated animal...more

EEOC Sues Favorite Farms for Sexual Harassment, Including Rape, And Retaliation

Farmworker Sexually Assaulted and Retaliated Against for Reporting the Conduct, Federal Agency Charges in Lawsuit - TAMPA, Fla. - Favorite Farms, Inc., a farming business growing a variety of produce in Dover, Fla.,...more

Compliance News Flash

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

This week’s news flash – a quick overview of timely background screening and immigration-related news that is important to your organization. 1. For those tracking the presidential executive orders commonly referred to as...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

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

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

Oregon Legislature Takes Up Cider Bill

For several decades in Oregon, production of alcoholic beverages has firmly occupied the shifting regulatory border between agricultural and commercial uses, the latter of which Oregon law discourages or prohibits on...more

Federal Court Halts Lawsuit Consideration over Obama’s Clean Water Rule; Pruitt Recruits Governors to Shape New EPA Water...

One of President Trump’s early campaign promises was to dismantle the 2015 Clean Water Rule, the Obama administration’s regulation asserting federal power over navigable bodies of water and aiming to replace polluting...more

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