Category Archives: Agriculture Law

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

Iowa Bill that Limits Livestock Nuisance Lawsuits, Goes to Governor

James Q. Lynch reported yesterday at the Quad City Times Online that, “Legislation that backers say will protect farmers — large and small — from nuisance lawsuits is on its way to the governor. “By a 60-39 vote, the Iowa House on Wednesday approved Senate File 447 to allow for an affirmative defense to be… Continue Reading

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U.S. Honey Production Up, USDA Report Says

An update this week from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) stated that, “United States honey production in 2016 from producers with five or more colonies totaled 162 million pounds,up 3 percent from 2015. There were 2.78 million colonies from which honey was harvested in 2016, up 4 percent from 2015…. Continue Reading

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Free Seminar Available on Agri-Tourism

A recent update from University of Illinois Extension indicated that, “University of Illinois Extension Unit 18 is hosting a series of free seminars this winter to help local specialty food business owners achieve success. The seminars will be held the second Monday of each month starting in January and ending in May. The seminars are… Continue Reading

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University of Nebraska Extension: “A Checklist for Farm/Ranch Debt Workout”

A recent update from University of Nebraska Extension by J. David Aiken indicated that, “Some Nebraska producers may be feeling a financial crunch and considering some unfamiliar options to manage their debt. For those negotiating a workout agreement with their creditor or creditors to restructure debt under challenging financial circumstances, consider the points to consider… Continue Reading

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Skim Milk is “Skim Milk,” Not “Imitation” Skim Milk- Court Says

Associated Press writer Brendan Farrington reported yesterday that, “A small, all-natural diary isn’t being deceptive when it calls it’s skim milk ‘skim milk,’ a federal appeals court ruled Monday in a victory for the creamery that’s fighting the state’s demand to label the product ‘imitation’ because vitamins aren’t added to it. “The ruling overturns a decision last… Continue Reading

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Reforms Saved Craft Alcohol Industry $15M, New York Governor Says

An Associated Press article from earlier this month reported that, “New York’s craft beer, wine, cider and liquor manufactures have saved nearly $15 million since a series of regulatory reforms and incentives were put in place in an effort to boost the industry. “Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the results on [March 8th]. “He says… Continue Reading

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Startup Creates World’s First Chicken Strips From Self-Reproducing Cells

Wall Street Journal writer Jacob Bunge reported last week that, “A Bay Area food-technology startup says it has created the world’s first chicken strips grown from self-reproducing cells without so much as ruffling a feather. “And the product pretty much tastes like chicken, according to people who were offered samples Tuesday in San Francisco, before… Continue Reading

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Iowa Senate Passes Bill that Limits Livestock Nuisance Lawsuits

Des Moines Register writer William Petroski reported this week that, “The Iowa Senate passed a bill Tuesday aimed at limiting lawsuit damages in cases filed by unhappy neighbors against livestock producers. “Senate File 447 allows for an affirmative defense to be raised when an animal feeding operation is alleged to be a public or private nuisance… Continue Reading

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Extension Webinar: How to Grow a Horticulture Business

A Purdue University news release this week indicated that, “Purdue Extension will host a webinar covering the keys to success for small-scale horticulture businesses. The webinar is free and will be presented March 29, 11 a.m. to noon. Registration is required. “The featured speaker will be Jack Klemeyer, a veteran business coach, consultant, and founder… Continue Reading

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Cover Crops Not Being Used By Many Farmers

Donnelle Eller reported in Wednesday’s Des Moines Register that, “Cover crops, a weapon to prevent soil, nitrogen and phosphorus from leaving farm fields, grew on 2.6 percent of Iowa’s nearly 23 million acres of corn and soybeans last spring, a report released Wednesday says. “By comparison, Indiana farmers had cover crops on 7.1 percent of… Continue Reading

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