Category Archives: Agriculture Law

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

Agriculture Fund Investing– Options Varied as the Crops in the Fields

Tim Gray reported earlier this month at The New York Times Online that, “Two realities undergird the investment case for agriculture: The world’s population keeps swelling and everyone must eat. “A third reality — climate change — will make satisfying those billions of appetites harder and companies that can help farmers potentially more valuable. “Agriculture… Continue Reading

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Bayer Expects Number of U.S. Roundup Claims to Increase

Reuters News reported yesterday that, “Bayer expects the number of claims in the United States related to Roundup herbicide to have surged in the third quarter, as the German drugs and pesticides maker tries to reach a settlement after earlier court rulings against it. “‘With the substantial increase in plaintiff advertising this year, we expect… Continue Reading

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USDA Opens 2020 Enrollment for Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage Programs

A news release yesterday from USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) stated that, “Agricultural producers now can enroll in the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs – two U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) safety net programs – for the 2020 crop year. Meanwhile, producers who enrolled farms for the 2018 crop year… Continue Reading

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Chicago Lawmakers Pushing For Tighter Regulation for Backyard Chickens

Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz reported on the front page of today’s Chicago Tribune that, “An ordinance introduced last month would ban roosters from residential areas in Chicago and allow a household to keep no more than six hens and two livestock animals, defined as four-legged farm creatures such as pigs, sheep and goats. “A $25 annual livestock… Continue Reading

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The Illinois Department of Agriculture Announces 2020 Dicamba Restrictions

DTN writer Pamela Smith reported last week that, “Illinois farmers using dicamba-tolerant technology face additional restrictions in 2020. The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) has announced a cutoff date of June 20 and a temperature cutoff of 85 degrees Fahrenheit for dicamba formulations used with the Xtend cropping system. “These new cutoff requirements are in… Continue Reading

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Under a New Law, California Will Cap Rent Increases

Wall Street Journal writer Alejandro Lazo reported this week that, “California will cap rent increases under a new law signed Tuesday by Gov. Gavin Newsom, the most significant piece of housing-related legislation in a year that also saw the shelving of a measure to relax zoning and spur more construction. “The Democratic governor has said… Continue Reading

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USDA Announces $16.2 Million to Support Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers

A news release yesterday from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) stated that, “Today, [USDA] announced it will issue $16.2 million in grants to provide training, outreach, and technical assistance to underserved and veteran farmers and ranchers. This funding is available through the USDA’s Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers and Veteran Farmers… Continue Reading

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Delgado to Perdue: The Demise of Small Dairy is a Choice, Not An Inevitability

A news release yesterday from Rep. Antonio Delgado (D, N.Y.) stated that, “Today, [Rep. Delgado] responded to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue’s comments Tuesday that there is no guarantee small farms will survive. This is the latest in dismissive comments from USDA Secretary Perdue about small, family farms that make up the backbone… Continue Reading

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Syngenta Corn Settlement Payments on Hold– Awaiting Resolution of Appeals

DTN writer Todd Neeley reported yesterday that, “Farmer payouts from the Syngenta corn settlement remain on track for sometime in 2020, but exactly when is unknown. “The U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas in Kansas City approved the $1.51 billion settlement from a lawsuit filed following Syngenta’s release of Agrisure Viptera (MIR162) and… Continue Reading

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Statistical Summary: Honey Bees

Last month, the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released an update summarizing U.S. Honey Bee statistics. The report noted that, “In 2017, the United States had 2.88 million honey bee colonies, down 12 percent from the record high 3.28 million colonies in 2012, but down less than 1 percent from 2007. Fig. 1 shows… Continue Reading

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