Category Archives: Agriculture Law

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

Dicamba Issues in Arkansas Continue

National Public Radio reporter Dan Charles reported this week that, “The wild battle in Arkansas over dicamba, the controversial and drift-prone herbicide, just got even crazier. Local courts have told some farmers that they don’t have to obey a summertime ban on dicamba spraying that the state’s agricultural regulators issued last fall. The state has appealed…. Continue Reading

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Sunflower Seed Lawsuits Settled Out of Court

The Associated Press reported yesterday that, “Federal lawsuits between two sunflower seed competitors in the Dakotas who accused each other of false advertising have been settled out of court. “Wahpeton, North Dakota-based Giant Snacks Inc. filed the original lawsuit against Mound City, South Dakota-based Wild Dutchman Products Inc. and one of its partners. It accused… Continue Reading

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Murphy, Udall Introduce Student Loan Forgiveness Legislation to Help Beginning Farmers

A news release this week from Senator Chris Murphy (D., Conn.) stated that, “After hearing directly from farmers that student loans often present a barrier to individuals who are new to farming or are looking to start their own farms, [Sen. Murphy] and U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D., N.M.) introduced new legislation, called the Student Loan… Continue Reading

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Viptera Lawsuit Payments Likely Next Year

DTN writer Todd Neeley reported yesterday that, “It may be at least a year before farmers and others start to receive payments from a $1.51 billion settlement from a lawsuit filed following Syngenta’s release of Agrisure Viptera and Agrisure Duracade MIR162 corn traits. “A federal court recently approved three additional subclasses of parties allegedly hurt… Continue Reading

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Farm-to-Table 2.0

Elizabeth G. Dunn reported last week at The Wall Street Journal Online that, “It began for Matthew Accarrino, the chef at SPQR in San Francisco, when he grew weary of sifting through farmers’ markets, vying with other chefs for the same carrots and tomatoes. Truly unusual produce, he realized, wasn’t sold this way—it wouldn’t make financial… Continue Reading

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Farm Startup Seeks Piece of Online Food Delivery Business

Michael Corkery reported yesterday at The New York Times Online that, “Huge retailers like Walmart, Amazon and Peapod are fighting for a piece of the online food delivery business. “So is David Nowacoski, a chicken and pig farmer here in East Smithfield (Pa.). “Last month, Mr. Nowacoski started a service that delivers locally produced meats,… Continue Reading

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‘Cow Fitbits’ Are Coming to the Dairy Farm

Drew Harwell reported earlier this week at The Washington Post Online that, “In the two months since Richard Watson strapped 200 remote-control-sized transmitters around his cows’ necks, an artificial-intelligence system named Ida has pinged his phone with helpful alerts: when his cows are chewing the cud, when they’re feeling sick, when they’re ready for insemination…. Continue Reading

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A Closer Look at the 199A Tax “Fix”

Rod Mauszycki indicated last week at DTN that, “The recently passed budget bill contains a ‘fix’ for the Section 199A dilemma with respect to sales to cooperatives. As such, it’s appropriate to review the changes to get an idea of how it will work. “For non-corporate farmers, the changes to Section 199A will have minimal… Continue Reading

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Dicamba Legal Issues Persist in Arkansas

DTN writer Emily Unglesbee reported yesterday that, “The Arkansas attorney general is appealing the surprise decision by a judge to allow six Arkansas farmers to use dicamba on cotton and soybeans during the 2018 growing season. “As part of the appeal, the state will ask the court to halt the farmers’ in-season access to dicamba… Continue Reading

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Federal Nuisance Lawsuits in North Carolina Could Have Implications for Pork Producers

The Associated Press reported last week that, “Drive past clustered hog sheds containing thousands of animals in the country’s No. 2 pork-producing state on the wrong day and the reason hundreds of North Carolina neighbors are suing in federal court is clear: it really stinks. “The question facing jurors in a federal lawsuit starting Monday… Continue Reading

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