Category Archives: Agriculture Law

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

Senate Democrats Push for More Consumer Friendly GMO Labeling Standard

Lydia Wheeler reported last week at The Hill Online that, “Senate Democrats are pushing the Agriculture Department to create a labeling standard for products made with genetically modified organisms (GMO) that is consumer-friendly. “Congress passed a law in July ordering the agency to create a national labeling standard within two years. “The law allows food producers to… Continue Reading

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USDA Offers Opportunities to America’s Veterans as they Seek Careers in Agriculture

An update late last week at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s blog indicated that, “Thousands of veterans leave the military every year, but there’s a new ‘service’ they can provide. Over the next few decades, the world will need to increase its food production to keep up with a growing population. Career options available to… Continue Reading

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Tax Reform- Senate Bill

DTN Ag Policy Editor Chris Clayton reported today that, “The U.S. Senate’s tax-reform bill released late Thursday would keep more tax brackets and maintain the estate tax, but also would still keep several tax provisions important to farmers regarding equipment expensing and pass-through income. “With the House advancing its tax-reform package on Thursday to floor… Continue Reading

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USDA Delays Implementation of Organic Livestock Rules

Nicole Heslip reported yesterday at Brownfield that, “The USDA has delayed implementing the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices Rule for another six months. “The agency says it is delaying the rule so that important questions can be more fully assessed through the notice and comment process before implementation. “The original rule was finalized in the… Continue Reading

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Arkansas Plant Board Approves Partial Dicamba Ban

Associated Press writer Andrew Demillo reported yesterday that, “An Arkansas regulatory panel voted Wednesday to ban the use of an herbicide for part of next year after the weed killer drew complaints from farmers across several states who say it has drifted onto their crops and caused widespread damage. “The Arkansas Plant Board on Wednesday… Continue Reading

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Ag Chairman Says Rental-Income Language Will Change in Tax-Reform Bill

DTN Ag Policy Editor Chris Clayton reported today that, “The issue of tacking self-employment taxes to rental income was an ‘unintended consequence‘ of the House tax reform bill that should be fixed before the bill hits the House floor for full debate, according to Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas. “Conaway told reporters in a conference call… Continue Reading

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U.S. Ag Secretary Says Farmers will Benefit from Tax Reform

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue stated in a recent column that, “The unified framework, which the president supports, proposes tax cuts and reforms that will provide relief for the middle class, which is where many family-owned farms find themselves. The framework will reduce tax rates and double the standard deduction, while also making filing… Continue Reading

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Dicamba: Monsanto Legal Action Against Arkansas State Plant Board

Jacob Bunge reported today at The Wall Street Journal Online that, “A fight over one of the most powerful new weapons against hard-to-kill weeds, developed by agricultural giant Monsanto Co., is spilling into the courts. “Monsanto’s new version of the herbicide, called dicamba, is part of a more than $1 billion investment that pairs it with… Continue Reading

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Tax Reform Issue: Bill Could Subject Farm Rental Receipts to Self-Employment Taxes

DTN Ag Policy Editor Chris Clayton reported yesterday that, “The House tax-reform bill meant to lower taxes could lead to a self-employment tax hitting every landowner who leases land to a farmer and farmers who lease farmland to a family partnership. “The tax bill would be 15.3% higher under a formula that makes 70% of… Continue Reading

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Hog Farm Expansion Generates Concern

Emily Walkenhorst reported earlier this week at Arkansas Online that, “The owners of C&H Hog Farms and the international corporation that supplies the operation’s swine are planning to apply for a permit to operate another farm, this one in a flood-prone area just south of Hartman. “The proposal has angered nearby farmers and some residents… Continue Reading

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