Category Archives: Agriculture Law

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

Landowner Prevails in North Dakota Eminent Domain Pipeline Lawsuit

Associated Press writer Blake Nicholson reported yesterday that, “A judge has dismissed Montana-Dakota Utilities’ eminent domain lawsuit over a proposed half-mile natural gas pipeline in northern North Dakota, a decision hailed by landowner attorneys as a rare victory. “North Central District Judge Gary Lee ruled May 29 that harm to private landowner Lavern Behm outweighed… Continue Reading

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Increased U.S. Organic Corn Production in 2016

An update on Monday by Catherine Greene and Dennis Vilorio of the USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) stated that, “The small, longstanding market for organically grown food continues to expand. In 2016, the Nutrition Business Journal estimated U.S. organic food purchases at over $40 billion (about 5 percent of total U.S. at-home food expenditures). Annual sales… Continue Reading

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USDA Resumes Continuous Conservation Reserve Program Enrollment

A news release Friday from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) stated that, “As part of a 33-year effort to protect sensitive lands and improve water quality and wildlife habitat on private lands, the [USDA] will resume accepting applications for the voluntary Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). Eligible farmers, ranchers, and private landowners can sign up… Continue Reading

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Purdue Ag-celerator Invests $100,000 in Two Plant Science Startups

A recent news release from Purdue University stated that, “The Purdue Ag-celerator Fund has invested a total of $100,000 in two plant science startups for the spring round of investments. The recipients are JUA Technologies International LLC, a startup building multipurpose crop dehydrators, and ZeaVaxx LLC, a startup developing a plant-derived nanoparticle that can improve… Continue Reading

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USDA Partners with Texas A&M to Help Veterans Seeking Agriculture Loans and Careers

A news release yesterday from USDA stated that, “U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced a partnership between the [USDA] and Texas A&M’s AgriLife Extension Service to help military veterans obtain loans and pursue careers as farmers and ranchers. Secretary Perdue joined local dignitaries, members of the Armed Forces, veterans, and community leaders at… Continue Reading

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USDA Reopens Application Period for Producers Recovering from Cattle Loss, Other Disasters

A news update yesterday from USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) stated that, “The [USDA] will begin accepting disaster assistance program applications on June 4 from agricultural producers who suffered livestock, honeybees, farm-raised fish and other losses due to natural disasters. “USDA’s [FSA] is reopening the application period for two disaster assistance programs in response to… Continue Reading

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Farm for Sale, But Buyer Must Use it For Sustainable Farming

Erin Grace reported this week at the Omaha World-Herald Online that, “Want to buy an Iowa farm? “The nonprofit owner of a 53-acre Loess Hills farm for sale east of Omaha is looking for prospective buyers who would do three things: put up a reasonable financial offer; pledge to farm the land in a sustainable… Continue Reading

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Nonprofit Combines Urban Farming and Jobs for Ex-Offenders

New York Times writer Patricia Leigh Brown reported earlier this month that, “Even by the standards of the Bay Area, where sourcing local, organic chicken feed is seen as something of a political act, the spectacle of 30,000 fruit and nut trees being tended by formerly incarcerated orchardists is novel. “The green thumbs are there… Continue Reading

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Hog Industry Faces Historic Legal Challenge in North Carolina

Wall Street Journal writer Valerie Bauerlein reported yesterday that, “The linchpin of 500 legal complaints against Chinese-owned pork giant Smithfield Foods Inc. headed to federal court Tuesday, part of a historic challenge to North Carolina’s $2.9 billion hog industry. “A Raleigh-based jury will determine whether a 4,700-hog farm run by a Smithfield contractor, with open… Continue Reading

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Organic Trade Association Kicks Off Pilot Project to Deter Organic Fraud

An update last week from the Organic Trade Association (OTA) indicated that, “The [OTA] on Thursday [May 24th] announced the kick-off of a groundbreaking pilot project by the organic industry to prevent and detect fraud in the global organic system. “The far-reaching three-month pilot project was initiated by the Global Organic Supply Chain Integrity (GOSCI) Task… Continue Reading

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