Category Archives: Agriculture Law

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

USDA Adds New Tools, Resources to to Aid Producers

A news release yesterday from the U.S. Department of Agriculture stated that, “Agricultural producers have new resources available to them to prepare for and recover from impacts of natural disasters on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s new website, The site has updated tools and information to help agricultural producers identify the right programs and… Continue Reading

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Dicamba Decision Looms for EPA

DTN writer Pam Smith reported last week that, “Proof that dicamba remains a complex and emotional topic was evident at a recent public meeting with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). “Last week, EPA officials and a handful of other agency representatives traveled to farm country to gather views on whether the three low-volatility dicamba formulations… Continue Reading

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In California, Jury Awards $289 Million in Round Up Cancer Trial, Will Likely Bolster Pending Cases

An update this weekend at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Online reported that, “A jury’s $289 million award to a former school groundskeeper who said Monsanto’s Roundup left him dying of cancer will bolster thousands of pending cases and open the door for countless people who blame their suffering on the weedkiller, the man’s lawyers said…. Continue Reading

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Farm Groups Challenge Gag Order in North Carolina Hog Farm Cases

DTN Ag Policy Editor Chris Clayton reported this week that, “A federal judge’s gag order against hog farmers and others tied to nuisance lawsuits prevents those with the most knowledge of the farming practices from talking about the impact the lawsuits have on their livelihoods, lawyers for the American Farm Bureau Federation and North Carolina… Continue Reading

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New Dairy Revenue Protection Insurance Plan Available Nationwide

A news release yesterday from USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) stated that, “The [RMA] today announced a new insurance plan for dairy producers that insures against unexpected declines in quarterly milk sales. Sign-up for the new product begins Tuesday, October 9, 2018, with the first available coverage starting the first quarter of 2019. “‘Expanding the… Continue Reading

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Europe has Surpassed the U.S. in Backing Ag-focused Startups

In an update posted today at The Wall Street Journal Online, Christopher Zinsli noted that, “After some ups and downs last year, global investment in agricultural technologies is back on track. “World-wide venture investment in the sector surpassed $684.8 million across at least 74 rounds through Aug. 6, according to Dow Jones VentureSource. This puts the… Continue Reading

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Deadline Approaches for Continuous Conservation Reserve Program Enrollment

An update today from USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) stated that, “[FSA] Administrator Richard Fordyce reminded producers today that the deadline to sign up for enrollment in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) is Friday, Aug. 17, 2018. “‘Any agricultural producer that has eligible land should review the benefits of this program,’ said Fordyce.  ‘It removes… Continue Reading

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Estate Planning and Farmland: More Than Taxes to Consider

DTN writer Elizabeth Williams reported last week that, “Even when families mostly get along, managing a transition is difficult. Family farm advisers worry recent changes to the tax code — particularly the doubling of the federal estate tax exemption to $11.2 million per individual or $22.4 million per couple — could take the pressure off… Continue Reading

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Federal Jury Orders Smithfield Foods to Pay $473.5 Million to Neighbors in Nuisance Lawsuit

Associated Press writers Alex Derosier and Emery P. Dalesio today that, “A federal jury decided Friday that the world’s largest pork producer should pay $473.5 million to neighbors of three North Carolina industrial-scale hog farms for unreasonable nuisances they suffered from odors, flies and rumbling trucks. “The jury found that Smithfield Foods owes compensation to… Continue Reading

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January 1 Honey Bee Colonies Down Slightly for Operations with Five or More Colonies

A report yesterday from USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) stated that,  “Honey bee colonies for operations with five or more colonies in the United States on January 1, 2018 totaled 2.63 million colonies, down slightly from January 1, 2017. The number of colonies in the United States on April 1, 2018 was 2.69 million… Continue Reading

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