Category Archives: Agriculture Law

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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Minnesota Task Force Looks at Ways to Protect the State’s Bees

Josephine Marcotty reported recently at the Minneapolis Star Tribune Online that, “After two years of sometimes fractious discussion, a task force charged with finding ways to protect the state’s bees and butterflies is proposing dozens of ideas to make Minnesota’s landscape more hospitable to pollinators. “Chief among them: programs to add more clover and other… Continue Reading

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DTN: New Dicamba Registration Complicates Lawsuit in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

DTN writer Emily Unglesbee reported this week that, “EPA’s decision to continue the registration of three dicamba herbicides has reverberated far beyond D.C. — through Midwest soybean fields, Southern cotton fields and all the way to Seattle, Washington, where the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals is mulling a lawsuit over these very herbicides. “Monsanto… Continue Reading

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Tax Reform Lessens Burdens to Converting Your C-Corporation

Elizabeth Williams reported recently at DTN that, “There was a time when C-corporations made a lot of sense for farmers, but as tax laws changed and the benefits eroded, farmers found changing their business structure could be cumbersome and expensive. Tax advisers say 2017’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act makes it easier than ever to… Continue Reading

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