Category Archives: Agriculture Law

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

Some Local Food Growers Have to Get Creative to Find Land in Urban Areas

Hannah Covington reported on the front page of yesterday’s Minneapolis Star Tribune that, “With planting season looming and no place to sow her seeds, organic farmer Jessica Mutunga posted an earnest plea on a neighborhood social network: Can I use your yard? “After her recent move from Oregon, Mutunga looked forward to tapping into the… Continue Reading

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Startups Making Products From Food Waste

Washington Post writer Caitlin Dewey reported this week that, “Flour milled from discarded coffee fruit. Chips made from juice pulp. Vodka distilled from strawberries that nobody seems to want. “At one point not so long ago, such waste-based products were novelties for the Whole Foods set. But in the past three years, there’s been an explosion… Continue Reading

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Community Bee Keeping- Modeled After Community Gardens, Gaining in Popularity

The Associated Press reported today that, “Finding places for beekeeping can be a challenge for city dwellers. But apiaries modeled after community gardens have become a popular option. “Community beekeeping operations usually consist of shared sites on public or private properties, organized by or for people trying to turn out fresh plants or products. “Some,… Continue Reading

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Hog Feedlots- Quality of Rural Living

Josephine Marcotty reported on the front page of the Minneapolis Star Tribune this week that, “A bitter three-year legal battle between a Todd County hog farm and neighbors forced out of their homes by foul smells has become a flash point in the larger fight over Minnesota’s expanding pork business and the power of rural… Continue Reading

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Farm-to-Table Presence of Minnesota Grapes Continues to Grow

A news release yesterday from the University of Minnesota Extension Service indicated that, “The farm-to-table presence of Minnesota grapes-turned-into-wine continues its growth as the latest University of Minnesota cultivar, the Itasca, is planted for the first year. “An analysis by the University of Minnesota Extension found the economic impact of the state’s vineyards and wineries… Continue Reading

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U.S. Bee Production, USDA Update

Yesterday, USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) released its monthly Sugar and Sweeteners Outlook, which stated in part that, “U.S. honey production in 2016 totaled 161.9 million pounds, a 3.4-percent increase from 2015 based an increase in colonies. There were 2.775 million colonies in honey production in 2016, a 4.3-percent increase from the previous year and… Continue Reading

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Iowa Bill Puts Craft Liquor on Level Playing Field With Craft Beer, Wineries

Brianne Pfannenstiel and William Petroski reported in today’s Des Moines Register that, “A bill allowing Iowa’s craft liquor distillers to mix cocktails at their manufacturing facilities gained final legislative approval Monday, with both Democrats and Republicans praising the bill as a good step for economic development. “The issue has been under discussion in the Legislature… Continue Reading

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Farm Business Management: Transfer Issues

An update last week at the farmdoc daily blog (“Transferring Business Management“) indicated that, “Transferring business management between generations is one of the most critical steps in transitioning the business from an older generation to a younger generation. Having said that, in numerous instances, this step is given little thought. Transitioning management cannot be done… Continue Reading

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Delaware Lawmakers Seek to Expand Agritourism

The Associated Press reported last week that, “State lawmakers are seeking to promote agritourism in Delaware by expanding the definition of the word. “State law defines agritourism activity as any activity that allows members of the general public to view or enjoy rural activities, such as farming, boating, picnicking and hiking. “A bill introduced last… Continue Reading

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New York: New Tax Credit for Farmers Donating Fruits/Vegetables to Foodbanks

Earlier this week, the Associated Press reported that, “Anti-hunger advocates in New York are cheering the passage of a new tax credit for farmers who donate fruits and vegetables to foodbanks. “The initiative was included in a $153 billion state budget that won final legislative approval on Sunday. “Farmers already donate millions of pounds of… Continue Reading

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