Category Archives: Agriculture Law

Topics that are of interest to the agribusiness and farm community.

Iowa State University Extension Bulletin: Forms of Property Ownership

A recent update from Iowa Sate University Extension (“Evaluating Your Estate Plan: Forms of Property Ownership“) pointed out that, “One of the major goals of any estate plan is to distribute or dispose of property after death. To make decisions in this regard, it is important to understand classifications of property as well as the… Continue Reading

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Crop Insurance Deadline Nears

A news release yesterday from Purdue University indicated that, “Indiana corn producers have until June 5 to get their crops planted or replanted in order to qualify for full federal crop insurance benefits. The deadline for soybean growers is June 20. “Coverage is reduced by 1 percent per day for crops planted during the late-planting… Continue Reading

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Lack of Slaughter Capacity an Issue for Farm-to-Table Restaurants

Bloomberg writer Deena Shanker reported earlier this week that, “Despite ever-increasing customer demand for noncommodity meat, there aren’t enough slaughterhouses to keep up. It’s a major hitch in the supply chain—keeping supplies down, prices up, and making the already grueling job of farming even harder.” The article indicated that, “Even at Blue Hill, which exemplifies the aspirational closed-loop, farm-to-table… Continue Reading

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House Approves Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2017, Upending an EPA Pesticide Rule

Associated Press writer Michael Biesecker reported yesterday that, “The House on Wednesday passed a Republican-backed measure reversing an Environmental Protection Agency requirement that those spraying pesticides on or near rivers and lakes file for a permit. “The chamber voted largely along party lines to approve the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2017. In the preceding floor… Continue Reading

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Americans Buying More Organic Products Than Ever, Survey Shows

Kristen Leigh Painter reported on the front page of the business section in today’s Minneapolis Star Tribune that, “Americans are buying more organic food and household products than ever, according to a new survey. “The research — released Wednesday by the Organic Trade Association, the nation’s leading organic industry group — offers a glimpse into how… Continue Reading

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FarmStart Surpasses $10 Million in Investments to Startup Agriculture Ventures

A news release last week from Farm Credit East stated that, “FarmStart, an innovative Northeast program to help individuals get started in farming, announced it has invested more than $10 million in beginning farmers’ businesses. Since the program’s inception just over 11 years ago, it has committed more than 10 million dollars to 221 beginning… Continue Reading

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Two Purdue Agricultural Startups Receive Funding

A news release yesterday from Purdue University indicated that, “Two Purdue University agriculture-based startups each have received $50,000 investments from the Purdue Ag-celerator, a plant sciences innovation fund operated by Purdue Ventures, the capital access arm of the Purdue Foundry, with assistance from the Purdue College of Agriculture, Purdue Research Foundation’s Office of Technology Commercializationand… Continue Reading

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USDA Approves Modifications to Margin Protection Plan of Insurance

A news release this week from USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) indicated that, “[RMA] today announced greater crop insurance options for farmers against unexpected decreases in their operating margin. Offered through the federal crop insurance program, margin protection insurance for corn, wheat, rice and soybeans will be available in more states and have updates designed… Continue Reading

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Cash Rents- Iowa State University Extension Survey

A recent update from University of Iowa Extension indicated that, “The cash rental rate information presented in this publication is from a survey of farmers, landowners, agricultural lenders, and professional farm managers. They supplied information based on their best judgments about typical cash rental rates for high, medium, and low quality cropland in their counties, as well… Continue Reading

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USDA Certifies Rural Business Investment Fund

A news release today from the U.S. Department of Agriculture stated that, “Acting Deputy Under Secretary Roger Glendenning today announced that USDA has certified the Innova Ag Innovation Fund IV LP as an investment pool for small and startup rural businesses. “‘This certification is another tool USDA provides to help rural businesses, to create jobs… Continue Reading

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