Category Archives: Agriculture Law

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

Business Entities- Update from Iowa State University Extension

A recent update by Kelvin Leibold (“Business Entities“), a farm management specialist at Iowa State University (ISU) Extension, explained that, “The state of Iowa allows for several different forms of business. The choice of a business entity affects liability, taxation, capitalization, decision making, agricultural government payments, gifting or transfer options. Such a decision requires much… Continue Reading

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Stamp Farms Co-Defendants Sentenced

DTN writer Todd Neeley reported earlier this week that, “Two of three men indicted on 14 counts of conspiracy to commit bank fraud and making false statements to attain loans and crop insurance for Decatur, Michigan-based Stamp Farms LLC, have been sentenced to prison time. They have been ordered to pay hundreds of thousands of… Continue Reading

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Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Clean Water Act Case

Timothy Cama reported yesterday at The Hill Online that, “The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to hear a major dispute with potentially far-reaching implications for how the federal government protects waterways from pollution. “The case, County of Maui v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund, challenges an appeals court’s ruling that pollution discharged into groundwater that later flows into a navigable waterway… Continue Reading

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Swine Feedlot Proposal Draws Opposition in Minnesota

Jennifer Bjorhus reported last week at the Minneapolis Star-Tribune Online that, “A Fillmore County farmer who sought to build the county’s largest animal feedlot has withdrawn his permit application in the face of sustained local opposition, marking the end of the road for the proposed Catalpa Ag hog farm. “State pollution officials said Monday that… Continue Reading

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60-Day Comment Period for WOTUS Rule Launched

DTN writer Todd Neeley reported yesterday that, “The 60-day public comment period for the newly proposed waters of the United States, or WOTUS, rule launched Thursday with the EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers publishing the rule in the Federal Register. “The new rule moves forward while the 2015 rule under the Obama administration… Continue Reading

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Bayer’s Monsanto, Sued by Thousands, Faces New Kind of Claim

Bloomberg writers Lydia Mulvany and Deena Shanker reported yesterday that, “Monsanto Co. has been sued by thousands of farmers and others who blame their cancers on its massively popular Roundup weedkiller. Now Germany’s Bayer AG, which bought the agriculture giant last year, faces a claim that it deceived home gardeners about Roundup’s impact on their gut… Continue Reading

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Farmers Getting a Service Akin to Uber to Deliver their Grains

Financial Times writer Emiko Terazono reported today that, “US farmers are getting a service akin to Uber to deliver their grains and oilseeds, with the launch of a transport unit by agritech start-up Indigo Ag. “Sellers and buyers of crops can hail trucks through a mobile app on iOS and Android, and enrolled truck drivers can… Continue Reading

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USDA Extends Deadline for Farm Trade Aid to Feb. 14

Reuters writer Humeyra Pamuk reported yesterday that, “U.S. farmers now have until Feb. 14 to apply for federal aid designed to offset the impact of retaliatory Chinese tariffs on American crops, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Monday, after delays caused by the month-long government shutdown. “The previous deadline for the aid program, officially known… Continue Reading

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Application lets Farmers Price Grains Real-Time to Manage Risk

Bloomberg writer Mario Parker reported last week that, “A firm that sprouted from Sam Altman’s tech incubator is betting that while farmers are increasingly reliant on analytics to boost yields what they really want is new ways to market their crops. “FarmLogs initially focused on an application that allowed growers to monitor crop health, risks… Continue Reading

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Biodiesel Industry: A Record Number of Acquisitions in 2018

DTN writer Todd Neeley reported this week that, “As difficult as 2018 was for the ethanol industry in the United States, the biodiesel sector turned in one of its best years as companies improved their balance sheets despite operating without the biodiesel blenders credit, according to a new analysis by biofuels mergers and acquisitions specialist… Continue Reading

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