Author Archives: Keith Good

USDA- RMA Announces a New Coverage Option for Crop Insurance

A news release yesterday from USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) stated that, “Farmers now have a low-cost option for insuring small parcels of land in one county by combining them into a single enterprise unit with land in a neighboring county under their crop insurance. The [RMA] is offering the new endorsement known as the… Continue Reading

Posted in Agriculture Law | Comments closed

In Fourth Hog Waste Trial in North Carolina, Jury Sides with Plaintiff Neighbors

Craig Jarvis and Josh Shaffer reported yesterday at the News & Observer (Raleigh, North Carolina) Online that, “A federal court jury on Wednesday ruled in favor of eight Sampson County neighbors who sued the world’s largest pork producer for bringing foul odors and excessive noise to their rural community. “The plaintiffs were each awarded between $100… Continue Reading

Posted in Agriculture Law | Comments closed

Acting EPA Administrator Says Obama Administration Went Too Far in Wetland Protection

Wall Street Journal writer Heidi Vogt reported yesterday that, “The Environmental Protection Agency announced a proposal Tuesday that reduces the number of federally protected bodies of water compared with an Obama-era rule it seeks to replace. “EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler said the rule will give states needed flexibility in managing their streams and wetlands and… Continue Reading

Posted in Agriculture Law | Comments closed

Agritech Start-Ups Are Disrupting Farming

Financial Times writer Emiko Terazono reported yesterday that, “Hauling corn from field to silo on a truck, South Dakota farmer Chet Edinger is having a good harvest. The mood of the 53-year-old, who also farms soyabeans and wheat on more than 5,000ha of farmland, has been boosted this year by a corn seed recommended by Farmers… Continue Reading

Posted in Agriculture Law, Start-up Company Law | Comments closed

Business Initiative Seeks to Bring High-Paying, High-Tech Jobs to Rural Iowa

Des Moines Register writer Donnelle Eller reported on the front page of Sunday’s paper that, “Microsoft’s Kevin Scott understands the limits teenagers face growing up in a place where cows outnumber people and opportunities for tech careers are limited.” “‘I faced a hard choice: I wanted to stay in Virginia — I wanted to stay there with my friends and… Continue Reading

Posted in Start-up Company Law | Comments closed

Housing Pressure: Many Nonbank Lenders are Shutting Down

Wall Street Journal writer Christina Rexrode reported recently that, “Small and midsize U.S. mortgage firms are trimming staff, putting themselves up for sale and closing up shop at a clip not seen in years, a sign of the mounting pressure on the housing market as interest rates rise and a long economic expansion matures. “The number… Continue Reading

Posted in Real Estate Law | Comments closed

Scientists in Helsinki Have Created an Edible Vaccine for Bees

Bloomberg writer Kati Pohjanpalo reported today that, “A growing number of honey bees die each year due to pesticides, vanishing habitats, poor nutrition and climate change, with potentially disastrous consequences for agriculture and natural diversity. “Now, scientists at the University of Helsinki have developed the first edible vaccine against microbial infections, hoping to save at least… Continue Reading

Posted in Agriculture Law | Comments closed

Federal Affidavit Details Alleged Scheme to Defraud Minnesota Cooperative

DTN writer Todd Neely reported today that, “The man accused of stealing millions of dollars from the Ashby Farmers Cooperative in Ashby, Minnesota, has surrendered himself to federal authorities and now faces one count of mail fraud. “Jerome Hennessey, 56, of Dalton, Minnesota, made his initial court appearance in the U.S. District Court for the… Continue Reading

Posted in Agriculture Law | Comments closed

Caution Advised for Grain Elevators in Year Ahead

Sara Schafer reported today at AgWeb Online that, “‘Cautious.’ That’s the word Will Secor, a grain and farm supply economist with CoBank, would use to describe the year ahead for grain elevators. “‘There are some bright spots based on the fundamentals for corn and wheat,’ he says. ‘But there’s extreme caution when we think about the… Continue Reading

Posted in Agriculture Law | Comments closed

Proposed Regulations Would Allow for More Home Sales Without Human Appraisals

Wall Street Journal writers Ryan Dezember and Cezary Podkul reported last week that, “The battle between man and bot has a new front: your mortgage. “Federal regulators have proposed loosening real-estate appraisal requirements to enable a majority of U.S. homes to be bought and sold without being evaluated by a licensed human appraiser. That potentially opens… Continue Reading

Posted in Real Estate Law | Comments closed