Category Archives: General Interest

Topics (usually with a legal slant) that may be of interest to the general public

Supreme Court Ruling Gives Teeth to Employment Contracts Drawn to Minimize Corporate Exposure to Public Trials and Class Actions

Jess Bravin reported last week at The Wall Street Journal Online that, “A divided Supreme Court on Monday gave businesses the power to block employees from joining together to file claims for wage theft and other work-related violations, upholding employer-written rules requiring that each case be limited to a single employee. “The decision, which overturns… Continue Reading

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Barley Preferences in Craft Brews Impacting Midwest Growers

Kristen Leigh Painter reported late last month at the Minneapolis Star Tribune Online that, “As beer drinkers exchange their American lagers for craft brews, demand for barley has shifted to a version of the crop not often grown in the Midwest. “It’s a change that recently led Cargill Inc. to decide to close a North… Continue Reading

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USDA Supports Specialty Crop Industry with Multi-State Initiatives

A news release yesterday from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) stated that, “[USDA] today announced the funding of $7 million to support 11 projects in six states to develop solutions to challenges affecting the specialty crop industries that cross state boundaries. The awards are managed through the Specialty Crop Multi-State Program (SCMP) administered by… Continue Reading

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EU Moves to Completely Ban Pesticides That Harm Bees

Associated Press writer Raf Casert reported late last week that, “The European Union made a key breakthrough on Friday to completely ban pesticides that harm bees and their crop pollination. “The 28 member states got a large majority, representing some three-quarters of its population, backing the ban on the three prevalent neonicotinoid pesticides which will… Continue Reading

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Malting Startups in Nebraska Working With Barley Growers

Paul Hammel reported last week at the Omaha World-Herald Online that, “Like the pioneers of old, Zach Davy and his business partner, Bill Hall, are stepping into virgin territory in Nebraska. “And they are discovering that in plowing new ground, you hit a few stumps. “In an out-of-the-way warehouse off Interstate 80 in Omaha, the… Continue Reading

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Hog Farm Neighbors Awarded $50 Million In Nuisance Case in North Carolina

Wall Street Journal writer Maria Armental reported yesterday that, “A North Carolina jury on Thursday reached an unanimous verdict against pork producer Murphy-Brown LLC in a landmark case that could pave the way for more nuisance lawsuits against large-scale livestock operations. “The company plans to appeal. “In all, jurors awarded more than $50 million to 10… Continue Reading

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Soaring Costs of Building Materials Impacting Home Buyers

Bloomberg writer Vince Golle reported this week that, “The U.S. housing market’s storyline for the last several years has been one of steady demand and limited supply, pushing prices ever higher. Now, a new chapter has opened up for the industry and its customers: soaring costs for building materials. “Reports on Tuesday underscored both resilient… Continue Reading

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Rabobank- Growing Ideas: How to start up in Agrifood

A column today from Rabobank, by Martijn Rol, stated that, “Consumers are showing increasing interest in sustainable and healthy food. No wonder that start-ups see opportunities in this area. But, warns Martijn Rol, it takes a lot more than an appealing product to be successful. “Martijn Rol is Sector Specialist Food at Rabobank. He has… Continue Reading

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Challenge to Iowa “Ag Gag” Law Moves Forward

Des Moines Register writer Donnelle Eller reported earlier this week that, “Groups challenging the constitutionality of Iowa’s so-called ‘ag gag’ law said they received an important legal green light this week with a U.S. district court ruling that lets the lawsuit proceed. “A federal judge Tuesday denied Iowa’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit that claims the state’s ag gag law… Continue Reading

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Judge Rejects Challenge to Trump’s ‘Two-For-One’ Regulatory Rule

An update on Wednesday from DTN reported that, “A federal judge has rejected a court challenge to the executive order issued by President Donald Trump requiring agencies to cut or revise two regulations for every new regulation written. Federal District Judge Randolph Moss said the groups ‘fail to allege facts sufficient to show that the… Continue Reading

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