Category Archives: Agriculture Law

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

Additional Commodities Eligible for Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

A news release yesterday from USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) stated that, “Today, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced an initial list of additional commodities that have been added to the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), and that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) made other adjustments to the program based on comments received… Continue Reading

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Judge Casts Doubt on Bayer’s Roundup Settlement

Wall Street Journal writer Sara Randazzo reported yesterday that, “A federal judge cast doubt on Bayer AG’s proposal to neatly resolve all future lawsuits over the safety of its Roundup weedkiller, potentially snagging the German company’s attempts to move past the massive liability. “Bayer said recently it would pay up to $10.9 billion to settle… Continue Reading

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USDA Improves Crop Insurance Policies with New Options

A news release yesterday from USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) stated that, “[USDA] today announced changes to several crop insurance policies improving options for producers, including introducing a new Quality Loss Option, a new unit structure assignment option for Enterprise Units (EU) and new procedures for Multi-County Enterprise Units (MCEU). “‘In addition to making the… Continue Reading

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USDA Announces Flexibilities for Producers Filing ‘Notice of Loss’ for Failed, Prevented Planted Acres

A news release last week from USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) stated that, ” [USDA] is providing additional flexibilities for producers to file on acres with failed crops or crops that were prevented from planting because of extreme weather events. USDA’s [FSA] is adding these flexibilities for Notice of Loss on both insured and uninsured crops to… Continue Reading

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USDA Reminds Producers to Complete Crop Acreage Reports

A news release yesterday from USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) stated that, “Agricultural producers who have not yet completed their crop acreage reports after spring planting should make an appointment with their local [FSA] office before the applicable deadline. July 15 is a major deadline for most crops, but acreage reporting deadlines vary by county… Continue Reading

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Indoor Farms Thrive in Covid Era

Last month, Bloomberg writer Deena Shanker reported that, “By Saturday, March 14, even before Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the shutdown of all in-restaurant dining in New York City the next night, Viraj Puri, chief executive officer of the Brooklyn, N.Y.-based indoor urban farming company Gotham Greens, found his business had essentially changed overnight. “His… Continue Reading

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USDA Adds Digital Options for Farmers and Ranchers to Apply for Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

A news release yesterday from USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) stated that, “[FSA] will now accept applications for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) through an online portal, expanding the options available to producers to apply for this program, which helps offset price declines and additional marketing costs because of the coronavirus pandemic. FSA is also… Continue Reading

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Bayer to Settle Lawsuits Over Roundup Weedkiller

Ruth Bender, Laura Kusisto and Sara Randazzo reported on the front page of today’s Wall Street Journal that, “Bayer AG said Wednesday it would pay up to $10.9 billion to settle tens of thousands of lawsuits with U.S. plaintiffs alleging the company’s Roundup herbicide causes cancer, a milestone in the German company’s legal battle that… Continue Reading

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North Carolina’s So-Called ‘Ag-Gag’ Law Is Unconstitutional

DTN writer Todd Neeley reported earlier this month that, “A federal judge [on June 12th] ruled North Carolina’s so-called ‘ag-gag’ law is unconstitutional, in yet another loss for laws across the country designed to prevent animal-rights groups from conducting undercover investigations of livestock operations. “A number of animal-rights groups, including People for the Ethical Treatment… Continue Reading

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American Honeybee Colonies Have Bounced Back

Associated Press writer Seth Borenstein reported yesterday that, “American honeybee colonies have bounced back after a bad year, the annual beekeeping survey finds. “Beekeepers only lost 22.2% of their colonies this past winter, from Oct. 1 to March 31, which is lower than the average of 28.6%, according to the Bee Informed Partnership’s annual survey… Continue Reading

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