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Ag-Gag Law Update

by Husch Blackwell LLP on

On January 16, 2018, we updated our blogging on so-called “ag-gag” laws – statutes designed to prevent undercover recording of unlawful practices on farms and processing centers. ...more

FY 2019 Administration Budget Request

by Holland & Knight LLP on

President Donald Trump on February 12, 2018, submitted his budget request to Congress for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019. The President's full budget calls for approximately $4.4 trillion in total spending. Much of the budget seeks...more

C&H Hog Farms, Inc. (Newton County, Arkansas): Ozark Society, Inc. Intervention in Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology...

The Ozark Society, Inc. and three individuals filed a January 26th Motion to Intervene and Request for Hearing (“Motion”) in C&H Hog Farms, Inc. (“C&H”) Request for Adjudicatory Hearing and Commission Review...more

Sour Grapes At Southold Town Board Meeting: Proposed Regulations Aimed At Wineries Go Back To The Drawing Board

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

At its December 5, 2017 meeting, the Town Board of the Town of Southold (“Town Board”) was hit with a tidal wave of opposition to changes the Board was considering to the Town’s Zoning Code with respect to wineries. The...more

New York is Proposing Changes to its Alcohol Licensing Rules

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

As part of the Governor’s Budget Proposal, several changes are proposed for Alcohol Producers and sellers....more

C&H Hog Farms, Inc. Permit Denial/Regulation 5 Issues: Arkansas Governor Hutchinson Meets with State Agricultural Leaders

The Arkansas Agricultural Department (“AAD”) issued a February 1st news release noting that Governor Hutchinson and Arkansas Agriculture Secretary Wes Ward met with State Agricultural Leaders to discuss the Regulation 5...more

D.C. Circuit Delays Emissions Reporting Requirements For Farmers Until May 1, 2018

by Husch Blackwell LLP on

On February 1, 2018, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D. C. Circuit issued a stay delaying the implementation of a rule that will require farmers to estimate and report emissions from animal waste. Farmers will now have...more

CAFO Stinks, but Not a Substantial Burden

Do 1,400 cattle and 17.4 million gallons of cow waste in open-air lagoons, upwind and a half a mile from a religious youth summer camp, impose a substantial burden? As unpleasant as a concentrated animal feed operation...more

C&H Hog Farms, Inc. (Newton County, Arkansas) Request for Adjudicatory Hearing of Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality...

C&H Hog Farms, Inc. (“C&H”) filed a January 18th Request for Adjudicatory Hearing and Commission Review (“Request”) challenging the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (“ADEQ”) denial of an application for a...more

Farmers Use Drones to Check Their Crops

As a farmer, you likely need to keep a close eye on the growth of your crops or survey hundreds of acres of crops after a storm or other natural disaster. Agriculture experts now say that farmers should look to the skies for...more

U.S. Department of Agriculture Releases 2018 Farm Bill Principles

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Sonny Perdue, secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), released the Trump Administration's 2018 Farm Bill and Legislative Principles on Jan. 24, 2018. "These principles will be used as a road map. They are our...more

Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Insider - January 2018 #4

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

A new report issued by the World Economic Forum (WEF) called “Global Risks Report 2018,” lists the threat of cyber-warfare and cyber-attacks affecting the public as the world’s third greatest threat in 2018, only behind...more

Farms Required to Report Air Releases from Animal Waste

by Butler Snow LLP on

On April 11, 2017, the Federal Court struck down the 2008 EPA Rule exempting most farms from reporting releases of hazardous air pollutants under CERCLA and EPCRA. The rule exempted farms which had fewer animals than large...more

Western District of Wisconsin Ranks 1st in the Nation in Chapter 12 Farm Bankruptcy Filings in 2017.

by Ruder Ware on

Low grain and milk prices have negatively affected Wisconsin’s ag economy for a few years now. As further evidence of the financial stress on Wisconsin farmers, the national bankruptcy statistics show that, in 2017, more...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | January 2018 #2

Organic Group Objects to Withdrawal of OLPP - A group of organic food producers, retailers and certifiers has published a full-page advertisement in The Washington Post containing the text of a letter to Secretary of...more

Trump Administration: 2017 Recap and 2018 Outlook

On January 20, 2017, businessman Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States following a contentious and unconventional 2016 presidential election. Republicans also successfully maintained control...more

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

Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission Administrative Law Judge Recommended Decision: Alleged Cotton Plant, Arkansas...

Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission (“Commission”) Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”) Charles Moulton issued a December 21st Recommended Decision addressing alleged violations by Tristate Contracting of Brinkley,...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

Tax Reform: What Does the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Mean for the Transportation, Ports and Maritime 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

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

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

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

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