Category Archives: Agriculture Law

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

USDA Supports Local Foods in Schools through Farm to School Grants

A news release today from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) stated that, “[USDA’s FNS] today announced $5.2 million in grant awards to bring nutritious, local foods into schools and create new economic opportunities for farmers. The grants, part of the USDA Farm to School Program, will impact over 6,000… Continue Reading

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Deere is Suing AGCO Corp. Over Precision Agriculture Gadgets

Bloomberg writers Lydia Mulvany, Susan Decker, and Christopher Yasiejko reported yesterday that, “An obscure-sounding legal battle between two of the biggest farm-machinery makers is highlighting a race to automate farm work. “Deere & Co., the world’s biggest tractor maker, is suing rival AGCO Corp. over gadgets like seed meters and hoppers that attach to planting machines…. Continue Reading

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National Pollinator Week- What’s Good for Bees Can Also Be Good for Farmers

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has declared June 19 – June 25 as National Pollinator Week. A recent update from Justin Fritscher, of USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service noted that, “Did you know what’s good for bees, butterflies and other pollinators can also be good for your bottom line? Through a variety of USDA conservation programs, farmers… Continue Reading

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Although Different Than Honeybees, Bumblebees Are Important Pollinators

The Associated Press reported yesterday that, “Hundreds of citizen scientists have begun buzzing through locations across the Pacific Northwest seeking a better understanding about nearly 30 bumblebee species. “Bumblebees, experts say, are important pollinators for both wild and agricultural plants, but some species have disappeared from places where they were once common, possibly because of… Continue Reading

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North Carolina Lawmakers Pass Tougher Restrictions on Hog Farm Lawsuits

The Associated Press reported yesterday that, “North Carolina legislators have finalized tougher restrictions upon neighbors of hog farms seeking to sue for damages because of the stench and other nuisances coming from industrial-scale livestock operations. “The state Senate agreed Thursday night by a 32-9 vote to accept House changes to legislation spurred on by the… Continue Reading

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USDA Extends Application Deadline for Dairy Margin Protection Program to June 22

A news release this week from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) stated that, “U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced that the re-enrollment deadline for the Margin Protection Program (MPP) for Dairy will be extended until June 22, 2018. The new and improved program protects participating dairy producers when the margin –… Continue Reading

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To Save Their Livelihoods, Many Dairy Farms Have Started Breweries

New York Times writer Joshua M. Bernstein reported this week that, “Every day since 1938, farmhands at the 1,000-acre Carter & Stevens Farm, in central Massachusetts, have milked cows in the morning and afternoon. The same family has overseen operations for five generations. A sixth seemed uncertain. “‘We’re at a historic low nationwide in terms… Continue Reading

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North Carolina Hog Farm Lawsuits– Farm Interests Turn to State Legislators

Associated Press writer Emery P. Dalesio reported yesterday that, “Blankets of black flies spawned by a nearby industrial hog farm’s uncovered cesspools can be so thick, Elvis Williams told jurors Tuesday, he built a screened front porch for his mobile home so that he could continue grilling dinners as he’s loved doing for decades. “The 60-year-old former… Continue Reading

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Glyphosate Detected in Honey- French Beekeepers File Legal Complaint Against Bayer

A recent AFP news article reported that, “A beekeeping cooperative in northern France has filed a legal complaint against German chemicals giant Bayer after traces of the controversial weedkiller glyphosate were detected in batches of honey, officials said Friday. “The head of the cooperative in the Aisne region, which represents some 200 beekeepers, said Famille… Continue Reading

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The New Tax Law Changed How We Look at Farm Losses

DTN Tax Columnist Rod Mauszycki reported on Friday that, “The ag economy isn’t great and many producers are struggling to break even. In the past, farmers accepted losses and even looked at them as opportunities. Having good and bad years is just part of the rollercoaster called farming. However, the new tax law changed how we… Continue Reading

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