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Using Prenuptial Agreements to Protect the Family Farm

by Ruder Ware on

The family farm is a special asset. The family may have worked hard through decades, maybe even generations, to accumulate and develop the farm’s land, equipment and livestock. The children may be grown and successors to...more

Food, Dietary Supplement & Cosmetics Update | Vol. V, Issue 1

by Jones Day on

Top News - FDA Announces Intention to Not Enforce Certain FSMA Final Rules Provisions - On January 4, 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ("FDA") issued a guidance announcing that it does not intend to enforce...more

NAFTA Renegotiations and Agriculture

by Cozen O'Connor on

On January 8, 2018, President Donald Trump spoke at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual conference. During his speech, President Trump said his administration is working on negotiating a good deal for farmers in the...more

2018 California Public Agency Laws – Part II - Housing and Land Use, Environment, Public Property/Public Works and Economic...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The California Legislature was busy in 2017, which means plenty of laws passed in Sacramento that will impact public agencies. In this three-part series, Best Best & Krieger LLP gives a comprehensive summary of the new laws...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends

by DLA Piper on

This regular publication by DLA Piper lawyers focuses on helping clients navigate the ever-changing business, legal and regulatory landscape. Inspector general criticizes FDA food recall procedures - On December 26,...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | January 2018

FDA Announces Intent Not to Enforce Portions of FSMA - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced it will not enforce certain provisions of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) because the agency needs...more

Food & Ag Weekly Round-Up: January 2018 #2

by Husch Blackwell LLP on

Food Safety News discussed new FDA FSMA guidance. - BioPortfolio discussed the Soulfull Project’s efforts to combat food insecurity....more

C&H Hog Farms, Inc. Sow-Farrowing Facility (Newton County, Arkansas): Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality Denial of...

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (“ADEQ”) public noticed the denial of an application for an Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission Regulation 5 permit by C&H Hog Farms, Inc. (“C&H”). Regulation...more

USDA Awards Nearly Three Million In Funding For Integrated Biorefinery Optimization

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On January 4, 2018, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) awarded the University of Tennessee a $2,994,429 grant to improve biorefinery technologies through the Integrated...more

New FDA Enforcement Discretion Leans Business-Friendly

by Barley Snyder on

The Food and Drug Administration seems to have made a New Year’s resolution to lessen the regulatory burden under the Food Safety and Modernization Act rules. The FDA issued guidance on January 4 that details four areas of...more

Prop 65 Victory For Defendants – Defendants Are Entitled To Have Their Cases Heard In the County Where the Claim Arose

Prop 65 Plaintiffs routinely file most Prop 65 cases in Alameda County, presumably because they believe it is a plaintiff-friendly forum. However, the California Court of Appeal recently issued a victory for Prop 65...more

Toasting Tax Reform’s Impact on Brewers, Vintners, Distillers and Distributors

by Burr & Forman on

In addition to the more publicized portions of the recent tax legislation, certain provisions also positively impact your favorite local craft brew, regional small batch wine or even a locally distilled alcoholic beverage....more

Food & Ag Weekly Round-Up: January 4, 2018

by Husch Blackwell LLP on

CBC News discussed a national plan in Canada to reduce antibiotic use in farm animals....more

Tax Reform: What Does the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Mean for the Agriculture Industry?

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (the “Act”) was signed into law by President Donald Trump on December 22, 2017. The Act changes many provisions of the Internal Revenue Code, from individual and business provisions, to...more

USDA Announces Support For SBIR Phase II Projects

On December 22, 2017, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced the release of a request for applications (RFA) for Phase II Small Business Innovation Research...more

USDA Announces New Phytosanitary Requirements for Soybean Exports to China

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

On December 27, 2017, the United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS) announced a new procedure for U.S. soybean exporters to comply with China’s phytosanitary import...more

USDA Issues Annual Agricultural Biotechnology Report for China

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

On December 29, 2017, the United States Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service (USDA-FAS) issued its annual report on the status of agricultural biotechnology in China. According to the new report, which...more

Proposed Marijuana Farm Raises Scope of Oregon’s Right-to-Farm Law

A case in Yamhill County Circuit Court in McMinnville, Oregon pits two farms — a vineyard and a potential commercial marijuana grower — against each other, implicating the scope of Oregon’s Right to Farm law. At issue in...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | December 2017 #3

by Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. on

Proposition 65 - After California voters approved the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 (Prop. 65), the state’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) began publishing a list of...more

Missouri Issues Fines for Dicamba Misuse

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On December 14, 2017, the Missouri Department of Agriculture (MDA) announced that it issued and collected the first round of fines resulting from investigations regarding the pesticide dicamba. The news release states that...more

The 12 days of California Labor & Employment Series – Day 12 “Sexual Harassment Training Requirements Expanded for Farm...

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

It’s the end of the year and while everyone is busy, employers in California should be aware of new laws and regulations that go into effect on January 1, 2018. In the spirit of the season, we are using the next “12 days of...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - December 2017 #4

by Allen Matkins on

Focus - Trump administration halts study of offshore oil inspections - ABC News - Dec 21 The Trump administration has halted an independent scientific study of offshore oil inspections by the Bureau of Safety and...more

National Water Quality Initiative: USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Announces $30 Million in High-Priority Watershed...

The United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (“NRCS”) issued a December 21st news release announcing it will add 30 new watersheds in 2018 as part of its National Water Quality Initiative...more

New Law Phases In Overtime Increases for Agricultural Workers

by Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP on

Beginning on January 1, 2019, Assembly Bill 1066 phases in overtime for agricultural workers over a four year period, ultimately making these workers eligible for overtime pay at one and one-half (1-½) times their regular...more

Industry Coalition Obtains Preliminary Injunction Against Enforcement of North Dakota Dealer Statute

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On December 14, 2017, the U.S. District Court in Bismarck, North Dakota issued a preliminary injunction preventing the enforcement of recently enacted amendments to the North Dakota Farm Equipment Dealership Statute known as...more

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