Category Archives: Agriculture Law

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

Push Back Against Non-Dairy Products That Use Words Like ‘Milk’ or ‘Cheese’

Earlier this month, Bloomberg writers Deena Shanker and Lydia Mulvany reported that, “Miyoko Schinner is a perfect illustration of the American dream. To the U.S. dairy industry, however, she is something altogether different. “A Japanese immigrant, Schinner started a small company that blossomed into a wildly successful vegan cheese maker, one with the potential to do for… Continue Reading

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Survey: Winter Hit U.S. Honeybees Hard

The Associated Press reported recently that, “Winter hit U.S. honeybees hard with the highest loss rate yet, an annual survey of beekeepers showed. “The annual nationwide survey by the Bee Informed Partnership found 37.7% of honeybee colonies died this past winter, nearly 9 percentage points higher than the average winter loss. “The survey of nearly… Continue Reading

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Minnesota Grain Elevator Manager Sentenced to 8 Years in Prison for Bilking Farmers

Dan Browning reported in today’s Minneapolis Star Tribune that, “The former manager of a western Minnesota grain elevator whose longtime embezzlement bankrupted the business and cheated its 200 member-farmers out of millions of dollars to pay for his exotic big-game hunting trips was sentenced Friday in Fergus Falls to eight years in federal prison. “Jerome… Continue Reading

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Bayer Battling Wave of Litigation over Weedkiller

Last week, Bloomberg writers Tim Loh and Naomi Kresge reported that, “Bayer AG will pump about 5 billion euros ($5.6 billion) of its research and development budget into alternatives to its weedkiller glyphosate over the next decade as it battles more than 13,000 lawsuits claiming the herbicide causes cancer. “Trying to ease concerns about the… Continue Reading

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Secretary Perdue Announces New Dairy Margin Coverage Signup Begins June 17

A news release on Friday from the USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) stated that, “U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announces that signup begins June 17 for the new Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program, the cornerstone program of the dairy safety net that helps dairy producers manage the volatility of milk and feed prices,… Continue Reading

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Germany’s Infarm Escalates Fight for Supremacy in Indoor Farming

Wall Street Journal writer Marc Vartabedian reported earlier this week that, “Venture investors are firing another salvo in the increasingly competitive field of indoor farming, a growing market that has already drawn interest from powerhouse firms like SoftBank Vision Fund and GV. “Infarm, a Berlin-based startup, said Tuesday it raised $100 million in a Series… Continue Reading

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Indigo Agriculture Initiative Will Pay Farmers to Store Carbon

Emiko Terazono and Leslie Hook reported yesterday at The Financial Times Online that, “Indigo Agriculture, a Boston-based agritech start-up, will start paying farmers to store carbon in soil, as it seeks to spur a novel market that could help address climate change. “The new initiative is part of a growing field of climate-related agricultural practices… Continue Reading

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Trump Signs Directive to Ease Approval of New GMO Crops

Bloomberg writers Mike Dorning and Jennifer A Dlouhy reported yesterday that, “President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday directing federal agencies to ease rules for approving genetically modified crops and other agricultural biotechnology. “The order instructs the U.S. Agriculture Department, the Food and Drug Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency — all of which… Continue Reading

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U.S. Revising GMO Regulations

Last week, Reuters writer Tom Miles reported that, “The United States is planning to revise its regulations on importing, transporting and releasing genetically modified organisms, it told the World Trade Organization in a filing published on Friday. “The proposal from the U.S. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), the first comprehensive revision of the… Continue Reading

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Refining Industry Association Sues Executive Branch Over E15

Reuters News reported today that, “The main U.S. refining industry association said on Monday it sued to block the Trump administration’s effort to expand sales of higher ethanol blends of gasoline, arguing the move exceeded the administration’s authority. “The legal challenge from the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) association escalated a battle between the… Continue Reading

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