Category Archives: Agriculture Law

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

Dicamba Drift: More Perspective From Missouri

David Bennett reported earlier this month at the Delta Farm Press Online that, “As with field days in other Mid-South states, dicamba drift was a featured part of the late August University of Missouri’s Fisher Delta Research Center field day outside Portageville. “‘Obviously, the drift complaints have slowed down in the last couple of weeks… Continue Reading

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Number of Organic Producers in Iowa up Approximately 30% in Past Five Years

Colin Van Westen reported last week at The Daily Reporter (Spencer, Iowa) Online that, “The number of organic producers and processors in Iowa has increased by approximately 30 percent in the past five years in Iowa. “‘I think people in this country are finally becoming aware of how important the food we eat is. The… Continue Reading

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Dicamba Issues: Monsanto Challenges Arkansas Ban

DTN writer Emily Unglesbee reported recently that, “Monsanto showed what it will tolerate, and what it won’t tolerate, when it comes to states’ reactions to the 2017 season’s unprecedented dicamba drift damage complaints. “The St. Louis-based company on Thursday said it has filed an aggressive petition to the Arkansas State Plant Board, demanding it reject… Continue Reading

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Ag-celerator Fund to Provide up to $100,000 for Purdue Agriculture Startups

A recent news release from Purdue University indicated that, “Purdue University-affiliated agricultural startups looking for early seed-stage funding to help with their plant sciences innovation can receive up to $100,000 through the Ag-celerator innovation fund. “A callout meeting and information session on Ag-celerator, a partnership between the Purdue University College of Agriculture and the Purdue… Continue Reading

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Workshop Helps Beginning Farmers, Ranchers, Veterans Understand ABCs of USDA

A news release this week from University of Missouri Extension indicated that, “Openings remain for a free Sept. 18 workshop to help beginning farmers, ranchers and veterans learn about resources offered by state and federal agencies. “University of Missouri Extension sponsors the workshop. “‘Understanding the Alphabet Soup of USDA‘ workshop for beginning farmers and ranchers… Continue Reading

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Secretary Perdue Using his Authority to Allow Producers to Withdraw from the MPP Dairy Program

A news release last week from USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) stated that, “[FSA] today announced that starting Sept. 1, 2017, dairy producers can enroll for 2018 coverage in the Margin Protection Program (MPP-Dairy).  Secretary Sonny Perdue has utilized additional flexibility this year by providing dairy producers the option of opting out of the program for… Continue Reading

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EPA Considering Dicamba Limits

Reuters writers Tom Polansek and Emily Flitter reported today that, “The U.S. environmental agency is considering banning sprayings of the agricultural herbicide dicamba after a set deadline next year, according to state officials advising the agency on its response to crop damage linked to the weed killer. “Setting a cut-off date, possibly sometime in the… Continue Reading

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Ag Leaders Gather to Discuss Solutions for Dicamba Use in 2018

A news release yesterday from University of Missouri Extension indicated that, “University of Missouri Extension brought farm, agribusiness and agency leaders together Aug. 24 to address issues associated with the use of dicamba and discuss a path forward for dicamba in 2018. “Chemical manufacturers, retailers and applicators, crop association representatives, Missouri Department of Agriculture, Missouri… Continue Reading

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Veteran’s Beekeeping Workshop to Be Held Next Month

A news release yesterday from Purdue University Extension indicated that, “Purdue University’s Indiana Beginning Farmer program is sponsoring a two-day workshop for veterans who want to learn about beekeeping. “The event will be held Sept. 29-30 in Wheatfield, Indiana. “Military veterans who work with honey bees have found this hobby or niche business venture therapeutic… Continue Reading

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U.S. Farm Income Projected Higher in 2017

Benjamin Parkin reported today at The Wall Street Journal Online that, “U.S. farm incomes will rise in 2017, halting three consecutive years of decline, as a slump in crop and animal prices eases. “The U.S. Department of Agriculture said net farm income will rise to $63.4 billion, up 3% from a year earlier but still… Continue Reading

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