Category Archives: Agriculture Law

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

USDA Announces Whole-Farm Revenue Protection Program Improvements

A news release yesterday from USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) stated that, “[RMA] announced modifications to the Whole-Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP) program to decrease paperwork and recordkeeping burdens for direct marketers beginning with the 2021 crop year. “‘These changes will allow more direct marketers who previously could not meet reporting requirements a way to participate… Continue Reading

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Bayer Has Settled Thousands More U.S. Lawsuits Over its Roundup Weed Killer

Bloomberg writer Joel Rosenblatt reported today that, “Bayer AG settled thousands more U.S. lawsuits over its Roundup weed killer after criticism that the company was failing to uphold an $11 billion deal it announced in June to resolve the massive litigation. “The agreements, revealed in a court filing late Monday, are with lawyers representing consumers… Continue Reading

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Bayer Making Progress in Finalizing Roundup Settlement

Reuters writer Ludwig Burger reported last week that, “Bayer boss Werner Baumann’s contract has been extended until 2024, in a show of support from the drugmaker’s new chairman just months after the company agreed an $11 billion outline settlement of U.S. lawsuits over its Roundup weedkiller. “In a statement late Thursday [Sept. 10th], Bayer also… Continue Reading

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Tech Startup FBN Faces Pressure From Traditional Suppliers

Jacob Bunge reported recently at The Wall Street Journal Online that, “Inside a packed arena last December, 2,700 farmers sipped coffee from paper cups and listened to remarks on the Midwestern economy: incomes down, costs up and bankruptcies rising. “The speaker wasn’t a politician or an academic. He was Charles Baron, co-founder of Farmers Business… Continue Reading

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USDA Reminds Farmers of September 30 Deadline to Update Safety-Net Program Crop Yields

An update yesterday from USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) stated that, “[FSA] reminds farm owners that they have a one-time opportunity to update Price Loss Coverage (PLC) program yields for covered commodities on the farm. The deadline is September 30, 2020, to update yields, which are used to calculate the PLC payments for 2020 through… Continue Reading

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Some Small Farms Selling Directly to Consumers Increase Sales During Pandemic

New York Times writers Ian Teh and Mike Ives reported this week that, “The setup of the two friends’ agricultural venture was unusual. Their farm sat next to a gas station, inside a shipping container where the plants grew in vertically stacked shelves. And the timing of their first sales — during the early days… Continue Reading

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Will Not Designate Critical Habitat for Rusty Patched Bumblebee

Associated Press writer John Flesher reported yesterday that, “Federal regulators said Monday they would not designate critical habitat for the first bee species in the continental U.S. to be listed as endangered, a move that environmentalists said would worsen its chances for recovery. “The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said it had determined the rusty… Continue Reading

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Shortage of Ag Workers Leads to More Interest in Farm Robotics

Financial Times writer Emiko Terazono reported recently that, “The coronavirus pandemic and a shortage of agricultural workers has led to a spike in interest and investment in farm robotics and automation. “‘We have seen an enormous increase in interest and orders,’ said Pål Johan From, chief executive of Norway’s Saga Robotics. “Saga has received about… Continue Reading

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Deadline Approaching for USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

An update today from USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) stated that, “[FSA] reminds farmers and ranchers that the deadline to apply for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) is Sept. 11, 2020. This program provides direct relief to producers who faced price declines and additional marketing costs due to COVID-19. “‘FSA offers several options for… Continue Reading

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Starbucks Corp. Fans Can Now Trace Their Coffee

Bloomberg writer Isis Almeida reported this week that, “Starbucks Corp. fans can now trace their coffee. And so can farmers, who will know for the first time where their beans end up. “Starting Tuesday, customers buying coffee at Starbucks stores across the U.S. will be able to use a code on the bags to find… Continue Reading

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