Category Archives: Agriculture Law

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

New York Governor Signs Legislation to Allow Farm Distilleries to Sell New York State Labelled Beer, Wine, and Cider for On-Premises Consumption

The Associated Press reported yesterday that, “Farm distilleries can now sell New York state labelled beer, wine and cider for consumption on-site. “Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation approving the sales on Tuesday. The Democrat says it allows for new revenue streams and exposure for brewers, distillers, winemakers and cider makers.” The AP article explained that,… Continue Reading

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USDA Opens More Land for Emergency Haying and Grazing

A news update Thursday from USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) indicated that, “Today, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is authorizing the use of additional Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) lands for emergency grazing and haying in and around portions of Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota affected by severe drought…. Continue Reading

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Dicamba Class Lawsuit Filed, News Report Says

Bryce Gray reported earlier this week at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Online that, “As suspected drift from dicamba took a toll on farmers the past two growing seasons, Monsanto — the Creve Coeur-based agribusiness company that helped give the herbicide newfound prominence with its introduction of dicamba-tolerant crop varieties — publicly urged growers not to… Continue Reading

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Sen. Chuck Schumer: NY Could Become The Napa Valley of Craft Beer

The Associated Press reported earlier this week that, “U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer says there’s more the federal government can do to help New York’s growing craft beer industry. “The Democratic lawmaker is calling on the U.S. Department of Agriculture to add New York to a list of states eligible for a special federal crop insurance… Continue Reading

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Farm Start-up Plenty Raises $200 Million

An article posted last week at the BBC Online reported that, “Plenty, a San Francisco vertical farming start-up, has raised $200m (£154m) from big-name investors that include Japanese media giant SoftBank, Alphabet’s Eric Schmidt and Amazon boss Jeff Bezos. “Plenty said it would use the money to expand in the US and abroad. “The firm,… Continue Reading

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Farmer Complaints Regarding Dicamba in Minnesota

Mark Steil reported late last week at Minnesota Public Radio Online that, “The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is investigating about two dozen complaints from farmers about the weed killer dicamba. “Dicamba is used on soybean fields that have been genetically modified to tolerate the herbicide. But Minnesota farmers have joined hundreds in the southern U.S…. Continue Reading

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New Crop Insurance Plan for Triticale Now Available in Three States

A news release earlier this week from USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) stated that, “[RMA] wants to inform producers in Idaho, Oregon and Washington about a new insurance plan option for the crop triticale. Triticale is a cross between wheat and rye and can be covered through this new plan. “Insurance for triticale is now… Continue Reading

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Indiana Farmers Filing Complaints About Dicamba

An update posted yesterday at WFYI (Indianapolis Public Radio) indicated that, “Indiana farmers are filing complaints about a controversial herbicide, dicamba, that’s allegedly drifting from neighboring fields and damaging their crops. “Monsanto, DuPont, and BASF all released dicamba tolerant soybeans for this planting season. The herbicide is reportedly causing problems, says Dave Scott, the pesticide… Continue Reading

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University of Illinois– The Dicamba Dilemma in Illinois: Facts and Speculations

A publication this week from the University of Illinois (“The Dicamba Dilemma in Illinois: Facts and Speculations“) stated that, “Only a short time ago, many agricultural professionals were optimistic Illinois would somehow be ‘spared’ the incidents of off-target damage caused by dicamba that continue to plague several states to our south.  The recent preponderance of… Continue Reading

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Broader Perspective on Dicamba Issues

Pam Smith indicated this week at DTN that, “My neighbor has a dog that won’t stay home. The mutt is of questionable bloodline, but there’s little doubt about his bark and his bite. He’s successfully attacked me twice. “Encounters and complaints from several neighbors finally resulted in the dog’s owner fencing his property. However, the… Continue Reading

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