Category Archives: Agriculture Law

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

Iowa Supreme Court Considers Law That Shields CAFOs From Lawsuits

Stephen Gruber-Miller reported yesterday at The Des Moines Register Online that, “Should the Iowa Supreme Court declare unconstitutional a law that shields large animal feeding operations from lawsuits? “That’s the question the justices heard Monday night during oral arguments in Honomichl v. Valley View Swine. Its answer is likely to have an impact on the number… Continue Reading

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Hops Market Declines as Craft Beer Sales Slow

Financial Times writer Emiko Terazono reported yesterday that, “A sharp slowdown in US craft beer sales growth has sent the speciality hop market from boom to bust with its effects starting to be felt by growers beyond its shores. “The fall comes as growers both in the US, the world’s leading hop producer and exporter, and… Continue Reading

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Ag Groups Ask for Preliminary Injunction on WOTUS Rule

DTN writer Todd Neeley reported last week that, “Three years after President Barack Obama’s administration finalized the waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule in 2015, agriculture groups and states find themselves in a familiar position — back in court to block the rule. “In the latest move, the American Farm Bureau Federation and other… Continue Reading

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Eminent Domain Issues in Wind Energy Development

Cole Epley reported on Friday at the Omaha World-Herald Online that, “[Nebraska] State Sen. Tom Brewer said Thursday that his latest proposal in front of a legislative committee isn’t about slowing down Nebraska wind energy development. “Instead, the Gordon legislator’s proposal to restrict Nebraska public power utilities’ eminent domain authority is about protecting private property interests,… Continue Reading

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Dicamba Herbicide Issues

DTN writer Pam Smith reported yesterday that, “The clock is ticking for dicamba herbicides registered for use in Xtend soybean and cotton. The success or failure of the coming spray season will determine if ‘over the top’ use of dicamba in those crops remains a tool for farmers beyond 2018. “In late 2016, the Environmental… Continue Reading

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Attorneys General Sue Trump Administration Over EPA WOTUS Rule

Associated Press writer Verena Dobnik reported on Tuesday that, “Eleven Democratic state attorneys general on Tuesday sued President Donald Trump’s administration over its decision to delay implementation of an Obama-era rule that would have expanded the number of wetlands and small waterways protected by the Clean Water Act. “New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said last week’s… Continue Reading

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Ohio Dairy Loses Lawsuit Challenging Wisconsin Butter Law

Bruce Vielmetti reported yesterday at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Online that, “Wisconsin’s ban on the sale of ungraded butter does not violate the rights of an Ohio dairy, a federal judge has ruled. “U.S. District Judge James Peterson on Monday found the law ‘rationally related to Wisconsin’s legitimate interest in helping its citizens make informed butter… Continue Reading

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GOP Lawmakers Threatening to cut off U.S. funding for WHO over Roundup ingredient

Associated Press writer Michael Biesecker reported yesterday that, “Republican lawmakers are threatening to cut off U.S. funding for the World Health Organization’s cancer research program over its finding that the active ingredient in the herbicide Roundup is probably carcinogenic to humans. “House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith said Tuesday that the 2015 conclusion by the… Continue Reading

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Dicamba Cases Consolidated in St. Louis

DTN writer Todd Neeley reported last week that, “Dicamba-related off-target crop damage complaints will be consolidated in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri in St. Louis, according to an order issued Thursday by the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (MDL). “Multiple lawsuits have been filed by farmers alleging off-target dicamba… Continue Reading

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Nebraska Ag Groups Seek to Expand Livestock Production in the State

Barbara Soderlin reported earlier this week at the Omaha World-Herald Online that, “The Doerrs’ hog business is part of a new wave of expansion in Nebraska’s livestock industry. Melissa, 31, and Justin, 36, are among a growing number of Nebraska farmers looking into raising livestock at a time when low crop prices have made it… Continue Reading

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