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Published here are archive issues of the Agricultural Law Update, the monthly newsletter of the American Agricultural Law Association.  The Update features in-depth articles on important developments in agricultural law covering subjects such as farm programs, agricultural labor law, bankruptcy, finance, taxation, farmland protection, congressional activity, international trade, environmental law, and other agricultural topics. In addition, the Update includes shorter articles on agriculture-related announcements and regulations in the Federal Register, state agricultural law developments and agricultural law job announcements.   The issues are fully searchable using the Web site’s Google search field or the Adobe Acrobat search feature for each issue.

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Index

2009 Issues

2008 Issues

2007 Issues

2006 Issues

2005 Issues

2004 Issues

2003 Issues

2002 Issues

2001 Issues

2000 Issues

1999 Issues

1998 Issues

1997 Issues

1996 Issues

1995 Issues

1994 Issues

1993 Issues

1992 Issues

1991 Issues

1990 Issues

1989 Issues

1988 Issues

1987 Issues

1986 Issues

1985 Issues

1984 Issues

1983 Issues



2009 Archive Issues

November and December, 2009

Jury Verdict Against Bayer For Liberty Link Rice Breaks New Ground In Biotech Liability

Thomas Redick & Bryan Endres

The Meaning Of “Excess Farm Losses”

Neil Harl

The Lacey Act – Its Impact On Aquaculture

Elizabeth Springsteen

Emerging Trends In Class Action Lawsuits Against Food Manufacturers

Judy Okenfuss & Julianna Plawecki

No Estate Tax Certainty (Yet)

Kevin Alerding


October, 2009

National Animal Identification System: Potential Legal Implications

Elizabeth Springsteen

Ohio Voters Approve Livestock Care Standards Board: Now What?

Peggy Kirk Hall & Leah F. Finney

How To Review Your Estate Plan: A Step-By-Step Guide

Kevin Alerding


September, 2009

The National Pork Producer’s Council’s Challenge To EPCRA Is Non-Justiciable

L. Paul Goeringer

New North Carolina Law Places Restrictions On Condemnations Of Land Subject To Conservation Easements

Theodore Feitshans

Court Considers Constitutionality Of State’s Right-To-Farm Law

L. Paul Goeringer


August, 2009

Regulatory Update – FTC Seeks Input On Green Marketing Guides

Thomas Redick


July, 2009

Truth In Labeling? New FDA Guidance Does Not Require Labeling Of Foods Derived From Genetically Engineered Animals

Jera Houghtaling

Two Courts Say That LLC And LLP Members Are Not Per Se “Passive” Limited Partners-IRS Scolded For Lack Of Regulations

Roger A. Mceowen

 


June, 2009

Indemnified, Eventually: Insured Farmers Resort To Litigation To Obtain Proper GRIP Payments

Jeff Todd, Spencer Smith and Jeremiah Buettner

Is A Farmer’s Potential Obligation To USDA Under The Guaranteed Loan Program Subject To A Discharge In Bankruptcy?

Ashley Schweizer

How To Assist Farmers And Ranchers To Negotiate A Wind Lease On Their Property

Cari B. Rincker

Mushroom Coop Loses Antitrust Immunity, District Judge Rules

Marlis Carson


May, 2009

Saving Roundup Ready® Beans For Seed?

Trantham, Mcfarling, and Scruggs

Say “No”

Donald L. Uchtmann


April, 2009

New Public Participation Requirements Under The 2008 CAFO Regulations

Terence J. Centner

Tax Provisions In The American Recovery And Reinvestment Act Of 2009

Roger A. Mceowen


March, 2009

Analysis of the Law Concerning the Illinois River Watershed Litigation

Jess M. Kane

Truth In Labeling? New FDA Guidance Does Not Require Labeling Of Foods Derived From Genetically Engineered Animals

Jera Houghtaling


February, 2009

Top Ten Agricultural Law Developments of 2008

Roger A. Mceowen

Domestic Production Activity Deduction For Members Of Cooperatives

Philip E. Harris


January, 2009

What Is Agricultural Law?

Susan Schneider

Casitas Municipal Water District V. United States: A Tidal Wave For Takings And Water Rights?

Jesse Richardson

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2008 Archive Issues

December, 2008

What is Agricultural Law?  Proposing Production Agriculture as the Core

Drew Kershen

Beginning Farmers and Ranchers:  Preparing for the “Next Generation”

Janie Simms Hipp

COOL’s Implications for Livestock Producers

Cari Rincker


November, 2008

New Federal CAFO Regulations

Terence J. Centner

A Twisting Path Toward a National Standard for Sustainable Agriculture

Thomas P. Redick and Shawna Bligh

Recent Federal Farm Regulation

James Dean

October, 2008

The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008

Neil E. Harl

“Prendre Le Chevre”- When the State “Gets Your Goat”

L. Leon Geyer and Courtney Mitchell


September, 2008

Farm Year to Year Lease – Lease Termination Date Matters

L. Leon Geyer

District Court Finds USDA Violated NEPA in Administering Critical Feed Use Initiative but Allows Limited Use of CRP Acreage

Anne Hazlett

Reinventing the Wheeler:  How the Fifth Circuit Changed the Law on the Packers’ and Stockyards Act by Simply Reading the Statute

Christopher M. Bass


August, 2008

Genetic Fitness:  A Stockman’s Examination of Genetic Liability

A. Blair Dunn

Removal-Fill Permits in Oregon:  Does Your Project Require One?

Cortney D. Duke

July, 2008

Protecting Your Intellectual Property with Litigation Insurance

John Kenney and Jeff Todd

Farm Bill Update:  Congress Passes the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008

Anne C. Hazlett

Tax Provisions of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008, Pub.L.No.110-246 (the 2008 Farm Bill)

Neil E. Harl


June, 2008

Ohio Court of Appeals Clarifies Lack of Local Zoning Authority over Confined Animal Feeding Operations

Peggy Kirk Hall

Right to Confine:  The Current State of the Law of Nuisance Affecting Confined Animal Feeding Operations in Oklahoma

Jess M. Kane


May, 2008

The Trap in Liquidating an S Corporation that was Formerly a C Corporation

Neil E. Harl

Cases, Regulations and Statutes

Robert P. Achenbach, Jr.


April, 2008

Michigan Court Addresses CAFO Permitting Requirements

Terence Centner

2008 Economic Stimulus Act

Philip E. Harris

Farm Estate Valuation in an Era of Rising Land Values

Roger A. McEowen


March, 2008

RMA’s Inconsistent Practices Cost Farmers

Jeff Todd and Spencer Smith

Air Emissions of Hazardous Substances from Animal Wastes on Farms:  EPA Proposes Administative Exemptions for CERCLA/EPCRA Reporting Obligations

John C. Becker

Settlement Funds in Conversion Actions and Proceeds of Converted Collateral Under the Uniform Commercial Code

Anthony Schutz


February, 2008

Surveying the National Environmental Policy Act and the Emerging Issues of Climate Change, Genetic Engineering and Nanotechnology

Joseph Mendelson III

FDA Approves Cloned Meat and Milk for Human Consumption

Amanda M. Thomas

Another Circuit Joins Developing Split on Exhaustion Requirement

Anthony Schutz


January, 2008

Concerns About the Use of Non-Therapeutic Antibiotics in Food Animals

Terence J. Centner

Court Authorizes Eminent Domain for Farmland Protection Purposes

Peggy Kirk Hall

Update on 2008 Farm Bill Development

Anne Hazlett

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2007 Archive Issues


December, 2007

Land Application of Biosolids: Nuisance or Agriculture?

Jesse J. Richardson, Jr.

Cash and Share Lease Provisions

Anthony Schutz


November, 2007

Wind Farms: Windfall or Wipeout?

L. Leon Geyer, Jesse J. Richardson, and Sara Breakiron

Synthetic Materials and Organic Foods

Amanda M. Thomas


October, 2007

Mortgage Foreclosure Tax Issues

Roger McEowen

Recent District Court Decision Signals Growing Concensus on Rapanos

Jesse J. Richardson, Jr.


September, 2007

Claiming Compensation for Costs and Fees Incurred in Successful USDA Appeals

Roger McEowen

Court Says IRS Position “Subverts Common Sense,” but It’s Their Position and They’re Sticking to It

Roger McEowen


August, 2007

USDA Administrative Appeals – It’s More than Going Through the Motions

Thomas A. Lawler

Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) Expanded to Benefit Rural Employers

Erin C. Herbold

Judge Concerned That Alfalfa May Be a Little Rascal—and Other Legal News

Phill Jones


July, 2007

IRS Finally Requires Information Reporting for Commodity Certificate Gains

Neil E. Harl

Implementation of Grazing Rules for Federal Land Frozen

Roger McEowen

Massachusetts v. the Environmental Protection Agency:  Standing to Challenge Lack of Regulation of Emissions of Greenhouse Gases

John Becker

Orderly Marketing of Ag Products in Ontario, Canada

Robert A. Wilson


June, 2007

Producer’s Liens Follow the Money in California

Sharlene Roberts-Caudle

Irs Issues Proposed Regulations Concerning Shareholder Loans to S Corporations

Roger E. McEowen

Scope of Cooperative Antitrust Exemption

Roger E. McEowen

Federal Courts Disapprove APHIS Approval Procedures

Phill Jones


May, 2007

IRS Issues Proposed Regulations Providing Guidance on How Post-death Events Impact Taxable Estate Value

Roger E. McEowen

EPA’s Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Seeking Comments on Potential Revisions to Current Production Regulations Under FIFRA

Keith A. Matthews

Approaches to Zoning That Support and Protect Agriculture

Peggy Kirk Hall


April, 2007

What Farmers Should Know about Employing Migrant and Seasonal Workers

Elizabeth Haws Connally

Employer’s Attempts to Verify Employee’s Right to Work and Title VII

Roman F. Amaguin

Important Rulings to the Grape-Growing Industry

Roger E. McEowen


March, 2007

The 2007 Farm Bill–the Drafting Process and Provisions That Could Affect Your Clients

Phil Fraas

IRS Rules That Some Credit Union Activities Are Taxable

Roger A. McEowen

Practitioner Note on Estate Tax Liens

Anthony Schutz


February, 2007

Nebraska Corporate-farming Ban Unconstitutional: What Does “The Farm” Mean?

Anthony Schutz

Tolerance of Food Contamination in Europe

Andrew R. Apel


January, 2007

Summary of Selected Provisions in the Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006

Roger A. McEowen

IRS Notice on Self-employment Tax for CRP Payments

Neil E. Harl

Re: Act 38 of 2005: “A State Solution to Resolving Conflicts That Involve Agriculture, Communities and the Rural Environment”

John C. Becker

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2006 Archive Issues


December, 2006

Goldilocks, the Three Bears and Transfer of Development Rights

Jesse J. Richardson, Jr.

Administrative and Legislative Developments in Administrative Law

Harrison M. Pittman

Louisiana’s Catfish Statute and Cajun Statute Held Invalid

Emilie H. Liebovitch

Officer “Responsibly Connected” Under PACA

Amy K. Miller

Private Insurers; Failure to Exhaust Administrative Remedies Not Excused by Common Law Exceptions

Jeffrey A. Peterson

Poultry Contract Does Not Violate PSA and Is Not Fraudulent

Eric Pendergrass

November, 2006

Varying State Approaches to Confidentiality with Premises and Animal Identification Systems

Eric Pendergrass

Ninth Circuit Developments in Agricultural Law

Harrison M. Pittman

Property Designated for Agricultural Use and Home Equity Loans

Amber S. Brady

October, 2006

Farmland Protection

Jesse J. Richardson, Jr.

Regulation Through Litigation: CERCLA and CAFOs

Jim D. Bradbury


September, 2006

Conservation Easements: Smart Growth or Sprawl Promotion?

Jesse J. Richardson, Jr.

EPA Offers General Guidance to CAFO Operators Following Waterkeeper v. EPA

John C. Becker

Written Jury Questionnaires: Learn What Your Neighbors Might Not Be Telling You About CAFOs Without Poisoning the Jury Pool During Voir Dire

Vincent J. Holzhall


August, 2006

Biofuels: Policy and Business Organization Issues

Doug O’Brien

Pension Protection Act of 2006

Roger A. McEowen


July, 2006

State Nutrient Management Act Interpreted

John C. Becker


June, 2006

“Muddying the Jurisdictional Waters”: U.S. Supreme Court Splits on Clean Water Act Jurisdiction over Wetlands

Martha L. Noble


May, 2006

The Area of Potential effect Under Regulations Promulgated by the American Council for Historic Preservation

Andrea J. Kirk

Tax Increase Prevention and the Reconciliation Act of 2005

Roger A. McEowen


April, 2006

World Trade Organization and the Commodity Title of the Next Farm Bill

Doug O’Brien


March, 2006

New Medicaid Rules Will Impact Estate Planning for Long-Term Health Care

Roger A. McEowen

Orff v. US: A Weapon Against the Protection of Prior Appropriation Rights

Andrea Kirk

National Raw Milk and Cheese Survey Results

John A. Beers


February, 2006

Are You a Debt Relief Agency? You Might Be Surprised and You Should Be Concerned

Susan A. Schneider

The Dilemma of Isolated Wetlands Since SWANCC

Andrea J. Kirk

State Law Claims Not Preempted by Federal Crop Insurance Act

Robert P. Achenbach

Open Space Easements

Keith D. Hickman


January, 2006

Federal Court Strikes Down Nebraska Corporate Farming Law

Robert A. McEowen and Neil E. Harl

Fifth Circuit on Disaster Payments in Chapter 7

Susan A. Schneider

Federal Courts Rule for Farmers in Two SAA Challenges

Karen Krub

Iowa Enters into Consent Decree with Cargill on Packer Ownership and Grower Rights

Doug O’Brien

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2005 Archive Issues


December, 2005

Conservation Reserve Program long-term policy

Martha L. Noble

Conservation easements for agricultural landowners

Roger A. McEowen

More on handling CSP payments

Neil E. Harl


November, 2005

Unresolved issues raised by the Tobacco Transition Payment Program (TTPP, also called the ‘Tobacco Buyout’)

Theodore A. Feitshans


September/October 2005

Tobacco quota buyout tax considerations

Guido van der Hoeven

Kelo: Setting the record straight, a proposal for reform

Roger E. McEowen

In defense of Kelo: one lawyer’s take on takings

John H. Brechin


August, 2005

Right to farm issues in Pennsylvania: arriving at Act 38

Phyllia J. Marquitz

Bt10 slips into the stream of commerce

J. David Aiken

Energy Policy Act tax incentives

Neil E. Harl


July, 2005

Market concentration, horizontal consolidation, and vertical integration in hogs and cattle

Harrison M. Pittman


June, 2005

The Nebraska hog wars

J. David Aiken

Regulation of hydrologically-connected ground water in Nebraska

J. David Aiken

Peanut farmers’ claims dismissed for lack of subject matter jurisdiction

Harrison M. Pittman


May, 2005

Supreme Court rules that beef check-off is government speech; but check-off litigation may not be over

Roger E. McEowen

Trade fight over Canadian hogs

Jeffrey A. Feirick


April, 2005

An Overview of United States Environmental Protection Agency air quality consent agreement for animal feeding operations

David L. Cook, et al.

GAO sees deficiences in efforts to guard agriculture from terrorism

Phillip B.C. Jones

Bankruptcy reform and family farmers

Susan A. Schneider

Recreational use statutes and E. coli contamination

Roger E. McEowen


March, 2005

Supreme Court considers preemption of state law claims under FIFRA

Harrison M. Pittman

Key eminent domain case to be decided by U.S. Supreme Court

Roger A. McEowen

University of Arkansas School of Law launches new specialty journal on food law


February, 2005

National Organic Program final rule challenged as inconsistent with the Organic Foods  Guidance on new domestic production deduction

Neil E. Harl

CAFO water regulations invalidated

Barclay Rogers

Production Act of 1990

Joshua T. Crain


January, 2005

Proposed repeal of the federal estate tax – Is this a good idea for agriculture?

Roger A. McEowen and Neil E. Harl

Action for failure of insevticide to have distinctive odor, color or feel preempted by FIFRA

Joshua T. Crain

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2004 Archive Issues


December, 2004

Farmers’ guide to GMO contracts

David Moeller

Top ten agricultural law cases of 2004

Farmer’s Legal Action Group, Inc.


November, 2004

American Jobs Creation Act of 2004: a summary of selected provisions

Neil E. Harl and Roger A. McEowen

“Near miss” for USDA contractors under the Civil False Claims Act

John T. Boese


October, 2004

Tax-exempt financing and agriculture

Scott D. Wegner

New conditional waiver program in California’s Central Coast to regulate waste discharge for irrigated lands

Amy Lowenthal

Reporting income under “ledger” contracts

Neil E. Harl


September, 2004

Determining the proper “cramdown” rate of interest in agricultural bankruptcies post-Till v. SCS Credit Corp.

Harrison M. Pittman

Milk handlers’ and producer’s claims dismissed

Gaby R. Jabbour

Packaging chicken pelts considered secondary agriculture under FLSA

Gaby R. Jabbour

Bank’s security interest in government payments not perfected

Joshua T. Crain

Purchasers acquire title to land by adverse possession

Gaby R. Jabbour


August, 2004

Problem of buyer-power (monopsony) in agricultural markets

Roger A. McEowen

Right to farm law in California

Stephen V. Lopardo

Vermont’s revised right to farm law

Michael O. Duane

Cooperative member not allowed to defer value-added payments

Gaby R. Jabbour


July, 2004

Conservation Security Program Interim Final Rule: a truncated green payments program for FY04 needs future improvements

Martha L. Noble

Exhaustion of administrative remedies as jurisdictional requirement not mandated

Harrison M. Pittman

Meaning of “active business” for purposes of divisive reorganizations

Neil E. Harl

Insurance companies fail to exhaust administrative remedies

Harrison M. Pittman


June, 2004

No deferral where payment received by agent (payments constructively received)

Neil E. Harl

Iowa’s right to farm law declared unconstitutional

Barclay Rogers

Alternatives to right to farm law protection

Jeffrey A. Mollet

Interim phosphorus management policy for nutrient management plans in Pennsylvania

Douglas Beegle et al.


May, 2004

The constitutionality of corporate farming laws in the Eighth Circuit

Harrison M. Pittman

Court issues preliminary injunction enjoining USDA action on mad cow disease

Harrison M. Pittman

Court considers dischargeability of patent infringement judgment

Harrison M. Pittman


April, 2004

Drafting conservation easements for agriculture

Judy Anderson and Jerry Cosgrove

Farm program payments exempt as “public assistance benefits”

Harrison M. Pittman


March, 2004

Ag-environmental law: impact on ag-finance

Drew L. Kershen

Commentary on SARA Title III and its role in air quality litigation involving agriculture

L. E. Lanyon and J. C. Becker

U.S. agricultural lawyers participate in CEDR Congress

Margaret Rosso Grossman

Manufacturers not joint employers with farm labor contractors

Amy Lowenthal


February, 2004

Insurance coverage for agricultural environmental claims

Todd J. Janzen

Judgments for willful seed patent infringement deemed non-dischargeable

Michael H. Pinkerton

Country of origin labeling: update and overview

Phyllis J. Marquitz

Chapter 12 sunsets, caught in political battle

Susan A. Schneider

Arbitration agreement lacks mutuality of obligation

Harrison M. Pittman

Jury verdict in favor of cattle ranchers

Susan A. Schneider


January, 2004

Legal issues in developing a national plan for animal identification

Michael T. Roberts, Harrison M. Pittman

Production contracting called into question: poultry integrator held to be operator of contract grocer facility

Barclay Rogers

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2003 Archive Issues


December, 2003

State legislative activity on GMOs

David R. Moeller

Novel settlement: a new trend?

Raymond T. Reott

D.C. Circuit vacates EPA directive issued in press release

Gaby R. Jabbour

Are you liable for overtime pay?

Jeffrey A. Mollet

Debtor lacked intent to harm lender

John D. Mead

Providing credit – risk or reward?

Jeffrey A. Mollet

Valuation and assessment of farmland property

Jeffrey A. Mollet


November, 2003

Wind energy production – legal issues and related concerns for landowners

Roger A. McEowen

Appropriate jurisdiction for wetlands litigation

Theodore A. (Ted) Feitshans

Producer failed to preserve trust benefits under PACA

John D. Mead


October, 2003

The EU’s traceability and labeling and food and feed proposals for products of transgenic origin

Mark Mansour and Sarah Key

Class action for anti-trust and tort claims relating to transgenic crops

Drew L. Kershen

Farmer building farmworker housing exempted from county housing code

Randal Busby

BAP affirms that party with right of first refusal must receive notice of sale

Gaby R. Jabbour

 

September, 2003

South Dakota Amendment E ruled unconstitutional – is there a future for legislative involvement in shaping the structure of agriculture?

Rogert A. McEowen and Neil E. Harl

California table grape advertising assessment violates First Amendment

Lynn Cox

Cattle grazing an integral part of swine production

Gaby R. Jabbour

Mushroom waste ruled point source pollution under Clean Water Act

Harrison M. Pittman

 

August, 2003

Eighth Circuit rules against beef check-off

Anne Hazlett

Court of Federal Claims lacks jurisdiction over boll weevil eradication foundation

Gaby R. Jabbour

Debtors not engaged in farming operation at confirmation eligible for Chapter 12

Gaby R. Jabbour

Court affirms tools of trade exemption for wife

Randal Busby

 

July, 2003

Ecological assets: commodities and programs in the environmental bank and trade system

Steve Melin

Present interests for gift tax purposes

John C. Becker

Retroactive application of right to farm law denied

Sean Brister

 

June, 2003

Overview of modalities text

William A. Gillon

Montana court halts timber sale until TMDL established

Anne Hazlett

State law and regulations not preempted by Swampbuster

Gaby R. Jabbour


May, 2003

Commodity promotion update: “got milk?”® campaign survives

Anne Hazlett

Decision requiring payments on shared appreciation agreements affirmed

Harrison M. Pittman

Pre-revised Article 9 security agreement not effective

Brandy R. Brown

Pork contractor’s control over feedlot sufficient to deny motion to dismiss

Harrison M. Pittman


April, 2003

Commodity promotion update: district courts resolve challenges to apple, milk advertising checkoff-campaign

Anne Hazlett

State law claims not completely preempted by Federal Crop Insurance Act

Sean Brister

USDA denied right of setoff in Chapter 12 case

Jay Kiiha


March, 2003

Ninth Circuit decision poses new hurdles to pesticide applications

Anne Hazlett

Agricultural storm water discharges

Terence J. Centner

Crop insurers required to exhaust administrative remedies

Patricia Farnese

Fraud found in connection with marketing of hedge-to-arrive contracts in Ohio

David C. Barrett, Jr.

Cash rent not income from farming operation

Sean Brister


February, 2003

District court rules Iowa ban on packer ownership of livestock unconstitutional

Anne Hazlett

Creditor must prove farm equipment delivered to debtor

Brian J. Oakey

Farmer held not liable for irrigation runoff

John D. Mead


January, 2003

Everything you need to know about the Constitution you can learn in agricultural law: federalism and Commerce from amber waves of grain to migrating bald eagles.

John C. Eastman

General description of collateral adequate under Revised Article 9

E. John Edwards, III

PACA reparation award affirmed

E. John Edwards, III

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2002 Archive Issues


December, 2002

Supreme Court tie upholds fines against farmer for plowing wetlands

Anne Hazlett

Congress extends Chapter 12 bankruptcy

Susan A. Schneider

Debt excepted from bankruptcy for farmer making false financial statements

Jay Kiiha

Insurance policy application ruled not part of policy

Brandy L. Brown


November, 2002

Michigan District Court finds pork promotion program unconstitutional

Anne Hazlett

The new farm bill expands the availability of equitable relief for good faith violations of farm program rules

Philip L. Fraas

A tribute to a pioneer: Professor Harold (Hand) W. Hannah

Donald L. Uchtmann


October, 2002

Can farmers save Roundup Ready® beans for seed? McFarling and Trantham cases say “no”

Donald L. Uchtmann

Non-profit organization lacks standing to challenge classification and use of downed animals

Patricia Farnese

Summary judgment motion filed by crop insurance agency denied

Harrison M. Pittman


September, 2002

White House announces plan to further regulate genetically-modified crops

Anne Hazlett

Livestock farmers denied disaster relief

Harrison M. Pittman

It’s October 21st: do you know where your organic clients are regarding the new federal regulations?

Rich Schnell

Property valuation may be reduced by proximity to livestock operation

J. David Aiken


August, 2002

South Dakota judge finds beef promotion program unconstitutional

Anne Hazlett

Tyson Foods, Inc. liable for $891,660.00 in damages

Harrison M. Pittman

Eleventh Circuit rules that rainfall removed by pumping is a “stormwater discharge” under Clean Water Act

Harrison M. Pittman


July, 2002

Appellate court upholds EPA authority to set limits on water pollution from agricultural sources

Anne Hazlett

D.C. Circuit rules USDA violated 1985 Food Security Act and APA procedures in implementation of sugar program

Harrison M. Pittman

Farmer’s conviction for falsifying FSA loan applications and bribery reversed by Fifth Circuit

Harrison M. Pittman


June, 2002

Managing agricultural risks after StarlinkTM: the role of injunctions and contrcts in containing biotech crop risks

Thomas P. Redick and John T. Walsh

Security interest in farm equipment remains perfected despite erroneous termination of financing statement

Harrison M. Pittman


May, 2002

Resolving the future of farm policy: six-year farm bill signed

Anne Hazlett

Ninth circuit rules that factoring agreements do not per se breach PACA trust

Jeffrey A. Feirick

“Business Manager Agreement” between bank and produce dealer found to violate PACA trust

Eduardo Gabriel Arana


April, 2002

Summary of selected provisions of the Job Creation and Worker Assistance Act of 2002

Philip E. Harris

State place of origin labeling requirements for agricultural products

David P. Clairborne


March, 2002

Notes on the USDA Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP)

Ada Popescu

New Conservation Reserve Program good faith reliance and excessive rainfall rules

Ada Popescu

Ninth Circuit dismisses suit challenging Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act producer-handler exemption

Harrison M. Pittman

Animal Welfare

Terence J. Centner


February, 2002

FCIC’s Standard Reinsurance Agreement

Scott Fancher

Antibiotics and resistant bacteria

Terence J. Centner

Seventh Circuit stays USDA’s immediate and indefinite suspension of PACA dealer’s license

Monica M. Clark

Battles and skirmishes in the biotech patent arena

Phillip B.C. Jones


January, 2002

Supreme Court holds utility patents may be issued for plants

Anne Hazlett

Fifth Circuit rules USDA without authority to shut down Texas packing plant for salmonella contamination

Anne Hazlett

Forum selection clause in Monsanto technology agreement ruled enforceable

Beth Crocker

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2001 Archive Issues


December, 2001

Attorney fee awards under the Equal Access To Justice Act

Christopher R. Kelley

Fifth Circuit rules Federal Crop Insurance Act does not preempt state law claims against crop insurance agents

Christopher R. Kelley

GAO reviews effect of increased payment limits for 1999 and 2000 marketing assistance loan program payments

Christopher R. Kelley


November, 2001

Cooperatives in the 21st century

James B. Dean and Ryan M. Stern

UCC Revised Article 9: farmers affected by new deposit accounts provisions

David R. Moeller

New York Court of Appeals decides farmworker housing case, reversing lower courts in favor of on-farm housing

John F. Rusnica


October, 2001

House of Representatives passes 10-year farm bill

Anne Hazlett


September, 2001

Using a Limited Liability Company to operate a Pennsylvania family farm business

Jeff Freirick

“Producer-handler” status under milk marketing orders denied to handler who entered into lease agreement with producer

Christopher R. Kelley

GAO questions USDA’s integrated pest management implementation claims

Christopher R. Kelley

Pennsylvania Supreme Court rules on whether mushroom harvesters are argricultural workers

John C. Becker


August, 2001

TMDLs: Are they dead letters?

Barclay Rogers and Anne Hazlett

Shared appreciation litigation update

Susan A. Schneider

History of Chapter 12 bankruptcy: on again, off again

Susan A. Schneider

State GMO restrictions and the dormant commerce clause

David R. Moeller


July, 2001

U.S. farm policy: are new approaches needed?

Dr. M. C. Hallberg

Supreme Court grants landowners further protection against environmental regulation

Anne Hazlett

U.S., Canada face biotech wheat showdown

Tracy Sayler


June, 2001

Economic Growth And Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001, H.R. 1836: summary of selected provisions

Roger A. McEowen

U.S. Supreme Court strikes down mushroom promotion assessments; fate of other commodity promotion assessments unclear

Philip L. Fraas

“Non-African American farmers” suit dismissed

Christopher R. Kelley


May, 2001

Notes on the Capper-Volstead Act of 1922

Christopher R. Kelley

Eligibility requirements for individuals: FSA direct loan programs

Susan A. Schneider

Court of Federal Claims considers water right “takings” issue

Joseph H. Hobson, Jr.

Farm income, farm program payments

Christopher R. Kelley


April, 2001

Environmental regulation in Ghana

Irene S. Egyir and Theodore A. Feitshans

District Court affirms shared appreciation obligation

Susan A. Schneider

Public nuisance action against sugar cane producers

Christopher R. Kelley

Oklahoma Attorney General issues opinion on poultry production contracts

Christopher R. Kelley


March, 2001

Important biotech cases involve patentability of plants and licensing of technology

Roger A. McEowen

Interpreting statutory grants of immunity from liability – Central Green Co. v. U.S.

John C. Becker

Gene Technology in the land down under

Tracy Sayler

United States Supreme Court rules that Banks for Cooperatives are subject to state income taxation

Christopher R. Kelley

Classifying producers in today’s agricultural economy

John C. Becker


February, 2001

An introduction to federal marketing orders for fruits, vegetables, nuts, and specialty crops

Christopher R. Kelley

The Producer Protection Act – will it protect producers?  A rejoinder

Neil E. Harl and William Heffernan

Second Circuit denied payment of attorney’s fess from PACA trust proceeds

Christopher R. Kelley

New administrative equitable relief authority for USDA conservation contracts

Christopher R. Kelley


January, 2001

The Producer Protection Act – will it protect producers?

Michael Boehlje, et al.

Biotechnology policy in Ireland – an example to Europe?

Shane Morris, et al.

Eighth Circuit reverses tax court on self-employment tax on rental income

Philip E. Harris

The EPA’s proposed regulations for animal feeding operations

Terence J. Centner

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2000 Archive Issues


December, 2000

The basics of federal farm program payment limitation and eligibility law

Christopher R. Kelley

District court interprets federal crop insurance arbitration clause

Christopher R. Kelley


November, 2000

New water quality regulations raise questions about EPA influence over agricultural practices

Anne Hazlett and Barclay R. Rogers

County feedlot regulations invalidated

J. David Aiken

Nebraska Supreme Court enforces hedge-to-arrive contracts

J. David Aiken


October, 2000

District Court rules non-point sources are included in listing of impaired waterways, calculation of total maximum daily loads

Anne Hazlett and Barclay R. Rogers

Three GAO reports

Christopher R. Kelley

Pennsylvania’s experiences with conservation easements

Timothy W. Kelsey and Stanford M. Lembeck


September, 2000

The Agricultural Risk Protection Act of 2000: the Non-Insured Crop Disaster Assistance Programs and the domestic commodity and other farm programs

Christopher R. Kelley

Purchase of conservation easements program in Pennsylvania, part 1: history and participants’ experience

Timothy W. Kelsey and Stanford M. Lembeck

EPA announces proposed rule changes for animal feeding operations

Scott Fancher


August, 2000

Crop share rental arrangements and sample lease

Paul A. Meints

Denial of payments to cotton exporter upheld

Christopher R. Kelley

Minnesota amends its agricultural contracts statute

Christopher R. Kelley

D.C. Circuit rules meat inspectors must “inspect” meat, not “observe” it

Christopher R. Kelley


July, 2000

The Agricultural Risk Protection Act of 2000: federal crop insurance

Christopher R. Kelley

Federal Circuit affirms dismissal of claims against FGIS

Christopher R. Kelley


June, 2000

New Generation farmer cooperatives

Christopher R. Kelley

Agricultural legal research on the Internet

Jeff Feirick

Nebraska Supreme Court rules in Progress Pig case

J. David Aiken


May, 2000

Regulating foods derived from genetically engineered crops

Donald L. Uchtmann

Supreme Court denies Chevron deference to statutory interpretations in agency opinion letters and similar formats

Christopher R. Kelley

Risks in asking for adequate assurance of performance

David C. Barrett, Jr.


April, 2000

Immigration and Naturalization Service enforcement issues

Jeffrey A. Feirick and Anthony D. Kanagy

Fourth Circuit addresses USDA statutory exhaustion requirement

Christopher R. Kelley

Eighth Circuit denies retroactive effect to “90-day rule”

Christopher R. Kelley

Federal district court upholds “farmed wetland pasture” determination

Christopher R. Kelley


March, 2000

Understanding H-2A

Jeffrey A. Feirick

Liability for damages caused by fire started by defective combine engine

Roger A. McEowen

Ninth Circuit rejects “ability to pay” and Eighth Amendment challenges to marketing order penalties

Christopher R. Kelley

Payment limit effectively removed from marketing assistance loan gains

Christopher R. Kelley


February, 2000

Status of regional dairy compacts

Ken Bailey

Seventh Circuit upholds “Swampbuster’s” application to isolated, intrastate wetlands

Christopher R. Kelley

Farmers misled by FSA appeal letter

Susan A. Schneider

GM product labeling caters food for thought

Phillip B.C. Jones


January, 2000

Cooperative stock and the federal securities acts: defining a “security”

Christopher R. Kelley

Eighth Circuit rules cooperative equities held by inactive members are not “securities”

Christopher R. Kelley

San Joaquin Agricultural Law Review bibliography

Drew L. Kershen

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1999 Archive Issues


December, 1999

The legal effects of federal agency pronouncements

Christopher R. Kelley

Eighth Circuit rules on hedge-to-arrive contracts

Christopher R. Kelley

Cotenants claiming by adverse possession

Roger A. McEowen


November, 1999

Notes on the judicial review of federal agency action

Christopher R. Kelley

There’s no free lunch

John D. Copeland

Eighth Circuit denies Bivens claim against FSA agents and employees

Christopher R. Kelley

NFO contracts held unenforceable

Matthew A. LaBuhn


October, 1999

Income averaging for farmers

Philip E. Harris

Milk marketing order reform enjoined

Christopher R. Kelley

Limited liability company dissolution

Roger A. McEowen


September, 1999

Trespassing livestock and murder convictions: could a deficient fence lead to a prison term for a livestock owner?

Roger A. McEowen

Clarifying the Washington State Right to Farm Act

Jeff Feirick

Almond marketing order advertising assessments do not violate First Amendment

Thomas P. Guarino

Condemnation of Agricultural Security Area farmland

Jeff Feirick


August, 1999

Notes on African American farmers

Christopher R. Kelley

Published comments by Glickman on the future of agriculture

Paul A. Meints

Draft Guidance Manual for CAFOs available for public comment

Theodore A. Feitshans

Upholding the New York Right to Farm Law

Jeff Feirick


July, 1999

EPA’s Livestock Strategy in the context of state programs and judicial decisions

Theodore A. Feitshans and Brandon A. King

Federal regulation of AFOs: the meaning of discharge

Terence J. Centner

Federal court finds that CFTC cannot force newsletter publishers to register as commodity trading advisors

David C. Barrett, Jr.


June, 1999

An introduction to agricultural labor law under the Fair Labor Standards Act

Susan A. Schneider

Civil actions under Colorado’s Wage Claim Act

James B. Dean

Ditches and wetlands and Swampbuster: the Eighth Circuit draws distinctions

Christopher R. Kelley

Trade negotiations coming again soon

Philip L. Paarlberg


May, 1999

The Biosafety Protocol and the Cartagena Negotiations

Drew L. Kershen

Federal regulation of concentrated animal feeding operations

Terence J. Centner

“Hot seed” and the “law of the cotton belt”: federal circuit rules on passive third-party transfer or liability under the Plant Variety Protection Act

Christopher R. Kelley

Deferral program for FSA shared appreciation agreements

Susan A. Schneider


April, 1999

Minimum interest rates and installment sales of farmland among family members – what is a fair market rate of interest for gift tax purposes?

Roger A. McEowen

D.C. Circuit rules on District Court jurisdiction over USDA NAD appeals

Christopher R. Kelley

Report on the Unified National Strategy for Animal Feeding Operations

Terence J. Centner


March, 1999

Agricultural environmental management in New York

Ruth A. Moore

Nebraska Supreme Court interprets U.C.C. Article 9-306(2)

Drew L. Kershen

Family limited partnerships – present interest issues

Paul A. Meints

U.S. Appeals Court rules against USDA in Bird Grain case

Randall C. Gordon

A proposal to expand qualification under recreational use statutes

Terence J. Centner


February, 1999

Critical questions about the farm crisis: causes and remedies

Otto Doering and Phil Paarlberg

Clean Water and concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs)

Drew L. Kershen


January, 1999

The agricultural provisions of the 1999 Omnibus Appropriations Bill

Karen R. Krub

USDA Judicial Officer rules on GIPSA complaint against IBP under the Packers and Stockyards Act

Christopher R. Kelley

North Carolina Supreme Court modifies premises liability

Theodore A. Feitshans

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1998 Archive Issues

(Note: A December 1998 issue of the Update was not published.)


November, 1998

Lysine: A Case Study in International Price Fixing

John M. Connor

Farmers’ Legal Rights in USDA Civil Rights Cases Get a Boost With Passage of Federal Legislation

Phillip L. Fraas

CFTC Administrative Law Judge Finds Flex HTA Contracts to be Futures

David Barret


October, 1998

Iowa Supreme Court Upholds Property Rights of Landowners and Invalidates Nuisance Protection Law

Roger A. McEowen and Neil E. Harl

Farm Provisions in Omnibus Spending Bill

Roger A. McEowen

Weber v. Trinity Meadows Raceway

Jared Melton


September, 1998

Farm Service Agency Guaranteed Loan Servicing

Susan A. Schneider and Stephen Carpenter

Milk Marketing Order System Upheld

Christopher R. Kelley

Commission Rates Key to Successful FLC

Steve Sutter


August, 1998

Analysis of Swine Industry Expansion in the U.S.: The Effect of Environmental Regulation

Yin Mo and Charles W. Abdalla

1990 Conservation Reserve Program Self-Employment Taxes

Russell Cunningham

Canadian Court Dismisses Transgenic Animal Patent

Phillip B.C. Jones


July, 1998

How Might an Increase in the Minimum Wage Affect U.S. Farms?

Martin Shields and Jill Findeis

Interpretation of Pennsylvania’s Law Governing Division Fences

Pamela R. Knowlton

Sale of Farm Program Payments

Susan A. Schneider

New Hire Reporting Requirements

Marel A. Raub


June, 1998

Recent developments in estate and tax planning

Roger E. McEowen

Chloroplast transformation: biological containment for transgenes

Pat Traynor

USDA Judicial Officer announces new PACA policies

Christopher R. Kelley

Failure to exhaust administrative remedies bars action against FCIC

Christopher R. Kelley


May, 1998

FSA Emergency Loans and FSA Disaster Set-Aside

Stephen Carpenter

FSA “stonewalling” of NAD appeal decision condemned

James T. Massey

Government prevails in bankruptcy setoff case

Susan A. Schneider


April, 1998

Beware the bold print: livestock insurance coverage issues

John D. Copeland

Iowa Supreme Court significantly weakens county home rule power in hog confinement case

Roger A. McEowen

Citizen suits: reform needed

John D. Copeland


March, 1998

The SPS Agreement and international organizations

Terence P. Stewart and David S. Johanson

Interaction of civil and criminal penalties for farm program violations

Christopher R. Kelley


February, 1998

State agricultural pesticide disposal programs

Terence J. Centner

Wetlands case granted retrial

Roger E. McEowen

Fifth Circuit upholds USDA Inspector General subpoenas

Christopher R. Kelley


January, 1998

Timber Trespass and Theft

Charles L.E. Wage and John Becker

Forest Service Amendments to Land and Resource Management Plans

Thomas P. Guarino

The Animal Agricultural Reform Act

John D. Copeland

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1997 Archive Issues


December, 1997

Pest Infestations and International Trade: The Recent Medfly Experience in Florida

Terence P. Steward and David S. Johanson

Hedge-to-Arrive in Courts-Part III

Donald B. Pedersen

New Tax Law Could Enhance Attractiveness of Conservation Easements

Jesse J. Richandson


November, 1997

Pick-Your-Own Statutes and Their Alteration of Tort Liability

Terence J. Centner

Attorneys’ Fees in NAD Hearings

Karen R. Krub

Heifer Raising Contracts

John Becker et al.


October, 1997

Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997

Philip E. Harris

Coop’s Challenge to Corporate Farming Restrictions Fails

Allen H. Olson

New FSA Offset Regulations

Susan A. Schneider

Federal Jurisdiction Over Actions Against FCIC-Reinsured Insurance Companies

Christopher R. Kelley


September, 1997

Hedge-to-Arrive Contracts in the Courts-Part II

Donald B. Pedersen

Cooperative Tax Decision Suggests Re-Assessment

James R. Baarda

Constraints on PCA Challenge to State Taxation

James R. Baarda

A Fresh Approach to Putting New Farmers on the Land

Neil D. Hamilton


August, 1997

Uncommon Law: The Legal Doctrine of the Far Right

Scott D. Wegner

Hedge-to-Arrive Contracts in the Courts-Part I

Donald B. Pedersen

Res Ipsa in Livestock Trespass Cases

Roger A. McEowen


July, 1997

Treatment of Equine Related Sales Under Statutory and Common Law Implied Warranties

Jared Melton

Clean Water Act § 404 “Incidental Fallback” Rule Invalidated

Christopher R. Kelley

Plants Pay a Price in Fitness for Herbicide Resistance

Jim Westwood


June, 1997

“Frosting on the Cake”: Why Production Flexibility Contract Payments?

Christopher R. Kelley

Prejudgment Interest Ordered in Long-Disputed Farm Program Case

Susan A. Schneider

Wetland Easements Challenged in North Dakota: United States vs. Johansen

Christopher R. Kelley


May, 1997

Testimony Before the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry of the United States Senate, February 26, 1997

Prof. Neil E. Harl

Estate Planning: Odds and Ends on Life Insurance

Paul A. Meints

USDA Scolded for Failure to Meet Deadline for Ruling on Administrative Cases

Alexander J. Pires, Jr.

Tax-Exempt Financing–First-Time Farmers

Scott D. Wegner


April, 1997

Property Rights: Competing Visions in Rural America*

Drew L. Kershen

Administrative Mandamus and Mineral Rights

Thomas P. Guarino

Jailing Oprah Won’t Sell More Beef: Proposed Agricultural Defamation Law Threatens Civil Debate

Neil D. Hamilton


March, 1997

Valuation Issues Continue to Predominate in Estate and Gift Tax Cases-Opportunities for Estate Planners

Roger E. McEowen

An Overview of Illinois Drainage Law

Thomas F. Hartzell

When Does Ten Percent Mean Ten Percent?

Susan A. Schneider

NGFA Formally Petitions CFTC to Lift Ban on Ag Trade Options

David C. Barrett


February, 1997

Federal Farm Products Rule-Developments

Donald B. Pedersen

Deferred Payment Contracts and Alternative Minimum Tax relief

Roger McEowen

Lien Stripping Allowed in Chapter 12

Susan A. Schneider

Statute of Limitations Defense Applied to FSA Loans

Susan A. Schneider


January, 1997

Farm Estate Planning Issues, Trends, and Concerns Involved With Special Use Valuation

Paul A. Meints

Changes in USDA Offsets

Gary D. Condra

Restrictive Local Ordinances and Sound Agricultural Practice Opinions

Ruth A. Moore

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1996 Archive Issues


December, 1996

Minnesota’s Anti-Corporate Farm Statute: The Legislature’s Recent Attempt to Empower Livestock Farmers

Richard F. Prim

Tax Questions Surrounding Deferred Payment Contracts

David C. Barrett


November, 1996

Farm Continuation Planning: Drafting Ideas and Alternatives

Paul A. Meints

Production Flexibility Contracts: Winstar Doctrine to Apply?

Phillip L. Fraas

1994 USDA Reorganization Act in the Courts

Christopher R. Kelley


October, 1996

Hedge-to-Arrive Contracts in Chapter 12 Bankruptcy

Susan A. Schneider

Seventh Circuit Vacates Animal Welfare Act: Order Based on an Invalid Rule

Christopher R. Kelley

Equine for Slaughter Transportation Bill Passed Despite Controversy

Teena G. Gunter


September, 1996

Research Facilities and Dealers Under the Animal Welfare Act

Christopher R. Kelley

Leaseback/Buyback Provisions

Susan A. Schneider

Relief from Vermont’s rbST Statute

Terence J. Centner and Kyle W. Lathrop


August, 1996

Wetlands Provisions in the Federal Agriculture Improvement and Reform Act of 1996

Darren McBeth

Federal Government Liable of Contractual Obligations

David Barrett

Forced Marketing Contributions Violate First Amendment

Thomas P. Guarino


July, 1996

The Federal Agriculture Improvement and Reform Act of 1996

Wayne Watkinson and John Sheeley

CERCLA “Arranger” Liability of Landowners Who Contract for Pesticide Spraying Services

Martha L. Noble

Montana Arbitration Law Preempted by Federal Arbitration Act

David C. Barrett, Jr.


June, 1996

CFTC Issues “Hedge-to-Arrive” Contract Policy and Guidance Statements

Christopher R. Kelley

Federal Farm Products Rule Amended

Drew L. Kershen

Tenth Circuit Setoff Decision Withdrawn

Susan A. Schneider


May, 1996

Marketing Agricultural Commodities Through Use of Hedge-to-Arrive Contracts May Violate CFTC Rules

Roger A. McEowen

“Live-Haul” Poultry Crews Are Subject to NLRA Protection

Susan A. Schneider

Crop Insurance Proceeds Held to be Exempt in Bankruptcy

Susan A. Schneider


April, 1996

The Packers and Stockyards Act: An Overview

Christopher R. Kelley

Humans Contract Mad Cow Disease?

Scott D. Wegner

“Moving” Cattle Ain’t What It Used to Be

Christopher R. Kelley


March, 1996

Proposals for Property Rights Reform

John C. Becker

Farm Credit System Reform Act Signed Into Law

Susan A. Schneider

Tax Court Holds that Income from Lease of Farm Land to Operating Entity is Self-Employment Income

Lonnie Beard

Denial of Dairy Termination Program Benefits Upheld

Christopher R. Kelley


February, 1996

Environmental Policy and the 1995 Farm Bill

Michael R. Dicks

Agricultural Law on the Internet

Susan A. Schneider

NRCS, FSA, and USDA NAD Adopt New Appeal rules

Christopher R. Kelley


January, 1996

Call for White House Conference on Rural America for Plan for Entry of the Rural and Municipal Communities into the Twenty-First Century

J. Patrick Wheeler

Alar Revisited  

Thomas P. Guarino

Commodities Regulation

Kyle W. Lathrop

Tenth Circuit Allows Minority Interest Discount in Conjunction with a Special Use Valuation Election

Roger A. McEowen

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1995 Archive Issues


December, 1995

Persistent Implementation Problems Under USDA NAD

Christopher R. Kelley and Susan A. Schneider

Agriculture Exemption Upheld: Hog Operation Not Subject to County Zoning

Neil D. Hamilton

State Law Claims for Defective Vaccines Preempted by Federal Law

Christopher R. Kelley


November, 1995

Emerging Issues in U.S. Agricultural Law and Food Policy

Prof. Neil D. Hamilton

OIG’s Effort to Conduct Payment Limitation Audits Ruled Unlawful

Alan R. Malasky and William E. Penn


October, 1995

Importation of Animal Embryos and Animal Semen under NAFTA and GATT

Professor J.W. Looney

Kansas Succeeds in Water Claim Against Colorado

Van Z. Hampton

Government Agencies Lack Mutuality for Purposes of Setoff

Susan A. Schneider

When is a Pig Pork??

Susan A. Schneider


September, 1995

The Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program

Susan A. Schneider

Generation Skipping Tax

Roger A. McEowen

States Take Action to Limit Lender Liability under Environmental Laws and Regulations

John C. Becker

District Court Affirms Swampbuster Commenced Conversion Determination

Christopher R. Kelley


August, 1995

Impact on U.S. Farms of Increasing the Minimum Wage

Jill Findeis and John C. Becker

Endangered Species: U.S. Supreme Court Rules “Harm” May Include Habitat Modification

Martha L. Noble

Primary Jurisdiction Doctrine and Action for Damages for Poultry Dealer’s Violation of Packer’s and Stockyards Act

Christopher R. Kelley


July, 1995

State Regulation of Products from Cows Treated with Recombinant Bovine Somatotropin

Terence Centner

Florida Legislature Passes Property Rights Bill

Sidney F. Ansbacher

Wetlands Law Update

Daryn McBeth

Agricultural Credit Associations’ Federal Loan Dragnet Clause

Thomas P. Guarino


June, 1995

Dealing with Property Use Restrictions for the Agricultural Client: Arguing for a Reduction in Assessed Valuation

Roger A. McEowen

Federal Circuit Finds “Egregious” Unfairness in ASCS Determination

Christopher R. Kelley

EPA Amends Worker Protection Standards

Winand K. Hock


May, 1995

Agro-Chemical Reduction Policies in the Netherlands

Dr. G.A.A. Wossink

Wetland Easement Required on FmHA Conveyance To Senior Lienholder

Christopher R. Kelley

I.R.S. May Simplify Entity Classification Rules

Roger A. McEowen


April, 1995

Chapter 12 “Direct Payments” and Trustee Compensation

Susan A Schneider

An Early Look at the USDA NAD

Christopher R. Kelley

Third Circuit Rejects Farmer’s “Normal Farming Activities” Exemption Claim in Clean Water Act Proceeding

Christopher R. Kelley


March, 1995

Preparing and Using Production Contracts

Christopher R. Kelley

Worker Protection Standard

John Kasper

Farmer Sales of Protected Varieties

Neil D. Hamilton

Strict Liability in Sales of Animals: Is Section 402A of the Restatement (Second) of Torts A Trojan Horse?

J.W. Looney


February, 1995

Recent Developments in the Tax Treatment of In-Kind Wages

Robert A. McEowen

IRS Plows New Ground Re Treatment of Land Clean-up Costs

Roy Whitehead, Jr.

USDA Ordered To Pay Interest On Wrongly Withheld Deficiency Payments

Alan R. Malasky

Tenth Circuit Sets Guidelines for Judicial Review of ASCS Decisions

Christopher R. Kelley


January, 1995

New Statutory Provisions Regarding Liability for Horse Accidents

Terence J. Centner

Sixth Circuit Upholds Marketing Order

Christopher R. Kelley

Manure Application Agreements

Christopher R. Kelley

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1994 Archive Issues


December, 1994

Cooperative Mergers and Dissenters’ Rights

John D. Reilly

EPA Reaches Proposed Agreement on Lawsuit Concerning Pesticides and the Delaney Clause

Al Heier

Farmers’ Right to Sell “Brown Bagged” Seed Under PVPA Restricted

Neil D. Hamilton

“Word of Mouth” Referral Disqualifies Employer from MSAWPA Family Farm Exemption

Christopher R. Kelley


November, 1994

The Property Rights of Farm Wives: Who Owns the Family Farm?

Susan A. Schneider

USDA Disaster Payments “Means Test”

Phil Fraas

Privacy Act Review of ASCS Determination Denied

Christopher R. Kelley


October, 1994

Milk Marketing Order Litigation

Donald B. Pedersen

Arkansas Court Holds Grain Buyer Liable For Landlord’s Lien On Seller’s Crop

David C. Barrett, Jr.

Eighth Circuit Interprets “Disposable Income” Requirements in Chapter 12

Susan A. Schneider

Liquid Manure Spreading Ruled Clean Water Act “Point Source”

Christopher R. Kelley


September, 1994

Federal Regulation of Activities on Wetland Areas

Professor John C. Becker

I.R.C. section 197-Amortization Opportunities Down on the Farm

L. Leon Geyer

Food Securities Act Does Not Allow Commission Merchant/Secured Lender To Take Crops Free of Prior-Filed UCC Security Interest

Gordon W. Tanner


August, 1994

Wetlands Regulation In Washington State

Juliana Holway Pickrell

Major Land-Use Regulation Case

Roger A. McEowen

FmHA Conservation Easements

Christopher R. Kelley


July, 1994

Gifts from Revocable Trusts Within Three Years of Death-Are They Included in the Gross Estate? Congress May Soon Settle the Issue

Roger McEowen

Kansas Passes Amendments to Allow Corporate Hog Farming and to Regulate Swine Contracts 

Neil D. Hamilton

Supreme Court Invalidates Massachusetts Milk Pricing Order

Christopher R. Kelley

Seventh Circuit Strikes Down ASCS Disaster Act Decision as “Arbitrary and Unreasonable”

Alan R. Malasky


June, 1994

The 1995 Farm Bill: Time for a Change?

Christopher R. Kelley

Block Voting for Marketing Orders

Thomas P. Guarino

Worker Protection Standards, Today and Tomorrow

Winand K. Hock


May, 1994

Legal Issues in Contract Production of Commodities

Neil D. Hamilton

Almond Marketing Orders Held Not To Be a “Taking”

Christopher R. Kelley

Supreme Court Denies Certiorari in Chapter 12 case

Susan A. Schneider


April, 1994

Legal Issues in Contract Production of Commodities: Issues for Farmers and Their Lawyers-Part I

Neil D. Hamilton

Bank Liable for Misrepresenting Farm’s Productivity

Christopher R. Kelley

Chapter 12 Ruling by Second Circuit

Susan A. Schneider

Hazardous Materials Transportation Synergies in Rulemaking

Jo Anne Hagen


March, 1994

Broken Fences: Ineffective and Unfair Fence Laws

L.Leon Geyer and Michael A. Taylor

Springsnail Endangered Species Act Listing Set Aside

Christopher R. Kelley

Kansas Adopts Hybrid Form of Landowner’s Duty to Entrants

Roger McEowen

District Court Rules on Disaster Payments in Bankruptcy

Susan A. Schneider


February, 1994

Federal Hazardous Material Transportation Regulations Pose New Challenges to Agricultural Operations

Jo Anne Hagen

New Federal Pesticide Recordkeeping Requirements

Christopher R. Kelley

Court Allows Chapter 12 Direct Payments

Susan A. Schneider


January, 1994

Environmental Issues of Hog Confinement Systems and Feedlots: How One State’s Pollution Control Agency Analyzes the Issues

Christopher R. Kelley

Clean Water Act Takings Claims: Two Recent Views

Christopher R. Kelley

Mixed News to Estate Planners Using GRITs

Roger A. McEowen

Eighth Circuit Interprets FmHA Buyout Regulations

Susan A. Schneider

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1993 Archive Issues


November/December, 1993

Final Report on U.C.C. Article 7 to the PEB

Drew L. Kershen

Judicial Review Provisions of 1990 Farm Bill Applied to Defeat Claim Against Review

Christopher R. Kelley

Obstacles to Recovery in Defective Seed Cases-Revisited

J.W. Looney

Eighth Circuit Rules in Grain Warehouse Inspection Case

Scott D. Wegner


October, 1993

Suggestions for Pursuing ASCS NAD Appeals

Christopher R. Kelley

Courts Disagree on CRP Payments

Scott D. Wegner

Pesticides and Food Safety: The Clinton Administration Proposal

John Sheeley and Phil Fraas

Eighth Circuit Considers Railroad’s Certificate of Transportation Program

Scott D. Wegner


September, 1993

The Agricultural Provisions in the Omnibus Reconciliation Act of 1993

Phil Fraas

“Planned Intervention” for CAFO Pollution Abatement in Texas

Larry Frarey

The Clinton Administration’s New Wetland Policies

John Sheeley and Phil Fraas

Ch. 12 Bankruptcy Extended and Amended

Susan A. Schneider

Eighth Circuit Rules on Setoff of CRP Payments

Susan A. Schneider


August, 1993

Who Owns Dinner: Evolving International Legal Rules for Ownership of Plant Genetics

Neil D. Hamilton

New USDA National Appeals Division Bills Introduced

Christopher R. Kelley

1993 Disaster Assistance Legislation Enacted

Christopher R. Kelley


July, 1993

Determining Whether a Worker Is an Employee or an Independent Contractor

John C. Becker and Robert G. Haas

ASCS Denial of Disaster Benefits Upheld

Christopher R. Kelley

U.S. Supreme Court Limits Exhaustion of Administrative Remedies Doctrine

Christopher R. Kelley

Seventh Circuit Rules That Price Later Contracts Qualify for Installment Sales Treatment

Kenneth R. Eathington


June, 1993

Complying with the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard

John C. Becker

Asgrow Expected to Seek Supreme Court Review

Mark Dopp

Renewal of Water Contracts

Thomas P. Guarino

ASCS Denial of Disaster Payments Not Arbitrary or Violative of Producer’s Due Process Rights

Stephanie Karen Payne


May, 1993

Jurisdictional and Enforcement Issues Under the New EPA Region VI General CAFO Permit

Larry Frarey

Eighth Circuit Upholds Suspension of “Specifically-Approved Stockyard Status”

Christopher R. Kelley

1989 Disaster Assistance Act Financial Eligibility Regulations Upheld

Christopher R. Kelley

Failure to Comply With PACA Trust Requirements Negates Trust Protection

Charles M. English, Jr.


April, 1993

Lobbying Congress

Chuck Culver

Horse Soring Case

Susan Schneider

Federal Court Rules ASCS Handbooks Are Not Binding on Farmers

Alexander J. Pires

Partial Summary Judgment Granted in Challenge to Termination of Cooperative Membership

Christopher R. Kelley


March, 1993

Obstacles to Recovery in Defective Seed Cases

J.W. Looney

Tenth Circuit Rules on Chapter 12 Trustee’s Fee

Susan A. Schneider

Fifth Circuit Adopts “Per Se” Rule in PACA Case

Christopher R. Kelley

Courts Address Chapter 12 Disposable Income Requirement

Susan A. Schneider


February, 1993

Agrarian Reform in Mexico

Julia K. Bailey

President Clinton’s “Vision of Change for America” and Agriculture

Christopher R. Kelley

FmHA Debarment of Bank Did Not Violate Constitutional Rights

Martha L. Noble


January, 1993

State Regulation of Contract Feeding and Packer Integration in the Swine Industry

Neil D. Hamilton and Greg Andrews

Surety on Packers and Stockyards Act Bond Prevails in Wrongful Termination Action

Christopher R. Kelley

Federal Circuit Construes PVPA Farmer Exemption

Scott D. Wegner

The ASCS “90-Day Rule”

Phillip L. Fraas

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1992 Archive Issues


December, 1992

Feeding Our Future: Philosophical Issues Shaping Agricultural Law

Neil D. Hamilton

Cash Lease to Family Member Not a Qualified Use Under Sections 2032A

Thomas P. Guarino

FIFRA Preemption of Common Law Tort Claims

J.W. Looney

Eighth Circuit Rejects Challenge to Farm Program Yield Determinations

Christopher R. Kelley


November, 1992

Who Gained and Who Lost From the ‘87 Farm Credit System Bailout?

Charles J. Sullivan

D.C. Circuit Resolves Controversy Over H-2 Program Wage Rate

Martha L. Noble

Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Bill

Susan A. Schneider

7th Circuit Rules in Soybean Trader Case

Scott D. Wegner


October, 1992

Agriculture and the Common Market: The Different Commodity Markets

Eric Strating

Debt Restructuring: FmHA Procedures in Bankruptcy

Susan A. Schneider

Decision Issued in Migrant Agricultural Labor Case

Martha L. Noble

Former Dairyman Wins ASCS/DTP Challenge

James T. Massey


September, 1992

Treatment of Agriculture in the North American Free Trade Agreement

Joseph Sandler

Ninth Circuit Affirms Invalidation of Marketing Order Amendments

Van Z. Hampton

FmHA Borrowers Score Litigation Victories

James T. Massey

New Government Accounting Office Report on Deficiency Payment Payees

Christopher R. Kelley


August, 1992

Legal Issues in Private Timber Management: Federal Income Taxes and the Proceeds of Timber Sales

John S. Harbison and Vivica D. Pierre

Virginia Proposes Unique Solution to Environmental Liability

Jesse J. Richardson

EPA Issues New Worker Protection Regulations

Susan A. Schneider

USDA National Appeals Division Act of 1992 Introduced

Christopher R. Kelley


July, 1992

Are Packing Shed Workers Agricultural Employees Under the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Workers Protection Act?

John C. Becker

Justice Department Says CBOT Directors Subject to Antitrust Scrutiny

John C. Becker

Ninth Circuit Finds No “De Minimis” Exception to the Delaney Clause

Martha L. Noble

Claims Court Rejects Challenges to Payment Limitation Determinations

Christopher R. Kelley


June,1992

Private Timber Management: Federal Income Taxes, Capital Expenditures and Management Expenses

John S. Harbison

Farm Stored Grain Quality Dispute

Christopher R. Kelley

Pilot Wetlands Reserve Program

Martha L. Noble

Qualifying Gross Income Requirement in ‘88 Disaster Assistance Act

Christopher R. Kelley


May, 1992

Louisiana’s Implementation of UCC Article 9

Frank Voelker, Jr. And David S. Willenzik

U.S. Supreme Court Rules on Untimely Objection to Bankruptcy Exemptions

Susan A. Schneider

ASCS Failure to Call Witness at Appeal Hearing Held Abuse of Discretion

Christopher R. Kelley

Claims Court Addresses Scope of Review of ASCS Decisions

Christopher R. Kelley


April, 1992

The Plant Variety Protection Act: Has the Farmer Exemption Swallowed the Act?

Scott D. Wegner

Fifth Circuit Reverses DCP Farms

Christopher R. Kelley

Foreign Ownership of U.S. Ag Land in 1991

J. Peter DeBraal

9th Circuit Limits PACA Trust Protection

Lewis P. Janowsky


March, 1992

Farm Program Contracts as Executory Contracts

Susan A. Schneider and Christopher R. Kelley

ICC Proposes Elimination of Bills of Lading Regulations

David C. Barrett, Jr.

IRS Issues Proposed Form 1099 Regulations

David C. Barrett, Jr.

Seventh Circuit Reinstates Salmonella Regulations

Christopher R. Kelley


February, 1992

Impact of the Agricultural Credit Act of 1987 on Real Estate Titles

David C. Butler

Georgia Tractor Lemon Law

Terence J. Centner

Scope of “Saved Seed” Farm Sale Provision

Neil D. Hamilton

Esch vs. Lyng Extended

Alexander J. Pires, Jr


January, 1992

Vertical Integration in the Poultry Industry: The Contractual Relationship

Clay Fulcher

Kentucky Court of Appeals Adopts Overboe Foreclosure Defense

Christopher R. Kelley

Supreme Court Rules on Bankruptcy Code “Lien-Stripping”

Susan A. Schneider

Eighth Circuit Upholds Granting of Swampbuster “Economic Hardship” Exemption

Christopher R. Kelley

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1991 Archive Issues


December, 1991

The New ASCS National Appeals Division

Alan R. Malasky and David P. Grahn

No Implied Cause of Action Under Ag Credit Act of 1987

Christopher R. Kelley

Attorney Fees Awarded from PACA Trust

Christopher R. Kelley

Equitable Estoppel Against the ASCS Revisited

Christopher R. Kelley


November, 1991

Statutory Agricultural Liens and UCC Article 9: Harmonizing Conflicting Interests

Martha L. Noble

Legislative Support Committee: Ag Contracts Project

Susan A. Schneider

Salmonella Regulations Invalidated

Christopher R. Kelley

Summary Judgment Granted in CBOT Case

Christopher R. Kelley


October, 1991

Health Insurance for Farmers

Philip E. Harris

ASCS Farm Reconstitution Decision Held Not Subject to FTCA

Christopher R. Kelley

Eighth Circuit Awards EAJA Attorney’s Fees in FmHA Offset Challenge

Lowell P. Bottrell and Susan A. Schneider

Judicial Deference to Agency Interpretations of Statutes and Regulations

Christopher R. Kelley


September, 1991

Reverse Engineering Threats to Trade Secrets in Biotech Products

Joseph Q. Kaufman

A Gem for Tiffany in Arizona Payment Limitation Decision

Alan R. Malasky

New Good Faith Exemption From Swampbuster Ineligibility Ruled Retroactive

Martha L. Noble


August, 1991

Bankruptcy Setoffs of Federal Farm Program Payment

Christopher R. Kelley

Supreme Court Allows Chapter 13 After Chapter 7 Discharge

Susan A. Schneider

8th Circuit Rules on Chapter 12 Requirements for Livestock Operations

Susan A. Schneider


July, 1991

A TEA Program by Any Other Name: The Market Promotion Program

David R. Purnell

Implications of Mortier for Iowa and Other States

Neil D. Hamilton

Supreme Court Rules that FIFRA Does Not Preempt Local Regulation of Pesticide Use

Martha L. Noble

Eighth Circuit Rejects Use of FmHA Contract Rate in Ch. 12 Bankruptcy

Susan A. Schneider


June, 1991

USDA Issues Final Regulations Implementing 1990 Farm Bill Changes in the Conservation Enforcement Programs

Neil D. Hamilton

AAMA Does Not Preclude Milk Producers From Seeking Judicial Review

John D. Reilly

Two District Courts Reject Challenges to Their Jurisdiction to Review ASCS Decisions

Christopher R. Kelley

Ninth Circuit Holds APA Does Not Require an ALJ to Preside Over ASCS Debarment Hearings

Christopher R. Kelley


May, 1991

The Conservation Title of the 1990 Farm Bill

Linda A. Malone

UCC Disclaimers in Ag Chemical Case

Winthrop A. Rockwell

Federal Agencies Required to Adopt Dispute Resolution Policies

David C. Barrett


April, 1991

The Cheyenne Bottoms: A Case Study of Water Conflicts in the 1990’s

John C. Peck

Cargill Enjoined

H. Clay Fulcher

Eleventh Circuit Holds that FIFRA Preempts State Tort Claims Based on Inadequate Labeling

Winthrop A. Rockwell

Pilot Project for the Provision of Legislative Support Services

Susan A. Schneider


March, 1991

Separate “Person” Determinations for Spouses Under the 1990 Farm Bill

Christopher R. Kelley

Court of Appeals Upholds USDA Regulation on “Soring” of Horses

J.W. Looney

Supreme Court Rules SAWs Can Sue over Procedures of 1986 Immigration Act

John D. Reilly

Cotton: Warehouse Receipts and Security Interests

Drew L. Kershen


February, 1991

Agricultural Liability Insurance and the Pollution Exclusion

John D. Copeland

Mississippi Federal District Court Reinstates Farm Program Payments: Impermissible Congressional Interference Found

Alan R. Malasky

Payment Limits Extended and Revised by 1991 Farm Bill

Bill Fraas


January, 1991

The Food, Agriculture, Conservation, and Trade Act of 1990

Chuck Culver

Fifth Amendment Taking of Turkey Breeder Flock

H. Clay Fulcher

Tenth Circuit Upholds Damages Against Harvestore

Christopher R. Kelley

California’s Recreational Use Statute Applied

John Harbison

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1990 Archive Issues


December, 1990

Overview of State Regulation of Biotechnology

Paul Elihu Stern

Section 1631: Developments in Farm Products-Case Law

Drew L. Kershen

Claims Ct. Asserts Exclusive Jurisdiction, Ignoring Justice and Esch A

lan R. Malasky

Exhaustion of Administrative Remedies Under Ag. Marketing Agreement Act

John Harbison


November, 1990

Section 1631: Developments in Farm Products

Drew L. Kershen and J. Thomas Hardin

Farm Credit System Right of First Refusal Considered by Fourth Circuit

Christopher R. Kelley

Pre-Enforcement Review of CWA Section 404 Compliance Orders Precluded

Scott D. Wegner

CRP Applicants and the Three-Year Rule

Ray Watson


October, 1990

State and Federal Organic Food Certification Laws: Coming of Age?

Gordon G. Bone

Compensation Awarded for Denials of Section 404 Dredge and Fill Permits

Martha L. Noble

Fourth Circuit and USDA Judicial Officer Clash

J.W. Looney


September, 1990

Regulation of the Use and Disposal of Livestock and Poultry Waste

Julia Busfield

Judicial Review of ASCS Decisions: Recent Cases

Christopher R. Kelley

Eleventh Circuit Expands Lender Liability Under Superfund

Martha L. Noble

Milk Marketing Orders Challenged

Lynn A. Hayes and James T. Massey


August, 1990

Rent Paid to a Spouse

Philip E. Harris

Nontaxable Agricultural Subsidy Payments Held to be Farm Income for Ch. 12 Purposes

John D. Copeland

Eighth Circuit Finds No Implied Cause of Action in Ag Credit Act of 1987

Christopher R. Kelley

Recreational Use Statutes Interpreted

John C. Becker


July, 1990

Agricultural Biotechnology: New Regulations

Paul Elihu Stern

CCC Certificates and UCC Security Interests: Split Decisions

Christopher R. Kelley

FmHa Denied Setoff of Farm Program Payments Due Ch. 12 debtor-in-possession

Christopher R. Kelley


June, 1990

ASCS Appeals: The Equitable Authority of DASCO

Christopher R. Kelley

Sixth Circuit Finds Land Contract To Be Executory: Contract Cannot Be Reorganized in Chapter 12

Susan A. Schneider

Securities Law and Agricultural Enterprises

Drew L. Kershen


May, 1990

ASCS Appeals: An Observation and a Suggestion

Christopher R. Kelley

Payment Limitations: Partnerships with Joint Loans

Elizabeth Ufkes Olivera

AWPA Preempts Exclusive Remedy Provisions of State Worker’s Compensation Laws

Julia L. Busfield


April, 1990

The Dilemma Facing Rural Landowners: Liability for Injury Occurring on Their Land

John C. Becker

Grain Elevator Bankruptcy: Statutory Lien

Susan A. Schneider

Criminal Aspect of Payment Limitation Rules

Winston I. Smart

Milk Hormone Labeling Bills

Thomas P. Guarino


March, 1990

Income Tax Consequences of Disaster Payments and Drought Sales

Philip E. Harris

Groundwater Contamination: Pendent Jurisdiction and Sufficient Evidence

Terence J. Centner

Supreme Court Holds That Demand Notes Issued by Ag Cooperatives Are Securities

Mary Beth Matthews

Crop Insurance Fraud

Donald B. Pedersen

Supreme Court Upholds “Rails to Trails”

Martha L. Noble


February, 1990

FARM FLIPS: Restructuring Agriculture in the 1990’s

Nels Ackerson

Errors in Farmer’s Tax Guide

Philip E. Harris

Farm Wages Are Subject to Withholding

Philip E. Harris

Zajac Vacated

Christopher R. Kelley


January, 1990

Prompt Payment and Statutory Trust Provisions for Sellers of Livestock, Poultry, and Perishable Agricultural Commodities

J.W. Looney

Immigration Potpourri Sanctions

Roxana C. Bacon

Response Costs Recoverable Under CERCLA in Absence of Actual Contamination

Terence J. Centner

Eighth Circuit Rules on Chapter 12 Eligibility

Susan A. Schneider

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1989 Archive Issues


December, 1989

Immigration Potpourri: H2-As and Sanctions

Roxana Bacon

FMHA “Borrowers” Whose Debts Were Discharged in Chapter 7 Found Ineligible for Primary Loan Servicing

Christopher R. Kelley

Farm Programs, Bankruptcy, and Article 9

Phillip L. Kunkel


November, 1989

Immigration Potpourri: SAWS, RAWS, H2-As and Sanctions

Roxana C. Bacon

Recent Bankruptcy Decisions

Susan Schneider


October, 1989

Income Tax Consequences of Debt Reductions Under the Agricultural Credit Act of 1987

Phillip E. Harris

WIFE Case Reversed

Neil D. Hamilton

Recent Bankruptcy Decisions

Susan A. Schneider


September, 1989

Section 2032A Update

Donald H. Kelley

Cancellation of Registration of a Pesticide

Terence J. Centner

Causes of Action Against Improper Well Testing

Terence J. Centner

Post Harper Decision Finds Implied Cause of Action Under Ag Credit Act of 1987

Christopher R. Kelley


August, 1989

Forgiving Debt in Agriculture

Neil E. Harl

Taylor Grazing Act Appeals

Donald B. Pedersen

Ninth Circuit Rules No Private Right of Action Under Agricultural Credit Act of 1987

Neil D. Hamilton

Criminal Conviction Under Migratory Bird Treaty Act for Poisoning Geese With Pesticides Reversed

Neil D. Hamilton


July, 1989

Statutory Regulation of Hazardous Chemicals on the Farm

James B. Wadley and Anita Settle

Cucumber “Sharefarmer”-Employee or Independent Contractor?

Lewis P. Janowsky

FmHA Policies Concerning Bankruptcy Challenged

Susan A. Schneider

Income Tax Consequences of Drought Payments

Philip E. Harris


June, 1989

Canada/United States Free Trade Agreement

Larry A. Bakken

Two Bites of the Farmer’s Apple

Patricia Allen Conover

Bankruptcy Courts Interpret the Agricultural Credit Act of 1987

Susan A. Schneider


May, 1989

Economic Implication of Liability Rules for Groundwater Pesticide Contamination

Terence J. Centner

Farm Credit System Right of First Refusal-the Conflict persists

Christopher R. Kelley

Bureau of Reclamation Rules for Aid Under the Disaster Assistance Act of 1988

Julia R. Wilder

“Justice” Prevails in Arizona Federal Court

Alan R. Malasky


April, 1989

An Overview of the Animal Rights Movement

Alice A. Devine

CRP Payments as Part of “Farming Operation” for Ch. 12 Bankruptcy Purposes

Julia R. Wilder

Program Applicants’ Rights Prior to Execution of the CRP Contract

Julia R. Wilder

CRP Contract Terminates Existing Lease

Neil D. Hamilton


March, 1989

U.S. Agricultural Trade Legislation: An Overview-Part II

Donald B. Pedersen

Bankruptcy Empowering Statute May Alter Rights in Cooperative Patronage Certificates

Terence J. Centner

Surveillance by Helicopter and the Fourth Amendment

Terence J. Centner

FmHA’s Notice Package-Adequate Responses

Randi Ilyse Roth


February, 1989

U.S. Agricultural Trade Legislation: An Overview-Part I

Donald B. Pedersen

Characteristics of Chapter 12 Farm Bankruptcy Cases in Indiana with Confirmed Plans

Gerald Harrison

Liability for Groundwater Contamination

Terence J. Centner

Marketing Orders Covering Imported Grapes

Terence J. Centner


January, 1989

Obtaining Operating Capital in a Chapter 12 Reorganization

Jerry L. Jensen

Corporate Farming-State Divestiture Law Prevails

Julia R. Wilder

Circuits Disagree on Status of Migrant Pickle Workers

Donald B. Pedersen

Diesel Fuel Excise Tax Refunds

Philip E. Harris

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1988 Archive Issues


December, 1988

Hazards of the Workplace-an Employer’s Obligation to Disclose Information to the Public

John C. Becker

Disaster Assistance Act Materials

Julia R. Wilder

Relief Under Ag Credit Act of 1987 May Have Tax Implications

James W. Narron

FmHA’s Net Recovery Value

Joyce Lancaster


November, 1988

Hazards of the Workplace Revisited

John C. Becker

Milk Marketing Order Amendments

Terence J. Centner

1988 FIFRA Amendments

Sandra A. Hoffman

Highlights of Technical and Miscellaneous Revenue Act of 1988

Lonnie Beard


October, 1988

Can Farmers and Hunters Coexist: Fee hunting and Other Alternatives

James L. Huffman

Farm Credit Administration’s Final Borrowers’ Rights Regulations

Susan A. Schneider

Production Districts-a New Twist

Alice A. Devine


September, 1988

The Disaster Assistance Act of 1988

Julia R. Wilder and Alice A. Devine

Implied Right of Action Under the Farm Credit Act Revisited

Christopher R. Kelley

Payment Limitations Final Rules for the 1989 Crop Year

Neil D. Hamilton

Ag Credit Act of 1987 and Farmers in Bankruptcy

Julia Wilder


August, 1988

Chapter 12: A Selective Review of Recent Court Decisions

David M. Powlen and David T. Thuma

California Court Supports Upland Irrigators

Julia R. Wilder

USDA Revises Horse Protection Rules

USDA news release

State Commodity Commission Legislation Upheld

Terence J. Centner


July, 1988

Farm Products Central Filing Update

Donald B. Pedersen

Security Interests in Growing “Crops” vs. “Farm Products”

Terence J. Centner

Jewell Lender Liability Case Reversed

Christopher R. Kelley

Review of “Person” Determinations

Alan R. Malasky


June, 1988

Chapter 12 and Debts Arising From a Farming Operation

Drew L. Kershen

Classification, Perfection of Security Interests

Terence J. Centner

Court Rules Farmers Have Unconditional Right to Reacquire Farmland at Appraised Fair Market Value

Peter J. Fuchsteiner

Jewell v. Bank of America Overturned

Donald B. Pedersen


May, 1988

California’s Proposition 65-Implications for Agriculture

Mason E. Wiggins, Jr.

Mediation Funds

Patricia Conover

Some Relief from Capitalization Rules

Philip E. Harris

USDA Payment Limitations Rule Struck Down

Neil D. Hamilton


April, 1988

Groundwater Issues Emerge as Focus of FIFRA Reform

David A. Myers

Mississippi Court First to Consider Agricultural Credit Act of 1987

Neil D. Hamilton

No More “Sweat Equity” in Farm Bankruptcies

Philip L. Kunkel

FICA Changes Affect Agriculture

Marvin Martin


March, 1988

Major Changes in ASCS Payment Limitation Law Commencing in 1989

Kenneth J. Fransen

Florida Ag Department’s Destruction of Healthy Citrus Trees

Sidney F. Ansbacher

The Poultry Producers Financial Protection Act of 1987

Julia R. Wilder

Restrictive Transfer Provisions of Cooperative Upheld in Bankruptcy

Terence J. Centner


February, 1988

Some Observations on the Chapter 12 “Family Farmer” Concept

Julia R. Wilder

Agricultural Credit Act of 1987

John H. Davidson

Reclamation Law Amendments

Kenneth J. Fransen

Impact of the Budget Reconciliation Act

Chuck Culver


January, 1988

Swampbuster, Sodbuster, and Conservation Compliance Programs-Final Regulations

Linda A. Malone

FCIC: Some Bars to Recovery

H.W. Hannah

FmHA Foreclosures Report*

Lynn A. Hayes

Security Interest Attaches to Harvested Crops

Donald B. Pedersen

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1987 Archive Issues


December, 1987

The Impact of the Passive Activity Rules on Agricultural Investments

Steven B. Kutscheid

Discharge of Indebtedness Income-Changes in the Rules for Solvent Farmers

Lonnie Beard

Technical Corrections Bill May Not Pass This Year

Philip E. Harris

Seller Liability for Cancellation of Principal

Terence J. Centner


November, 1987

The Uniform Capitalization Rules and Cattle Held for Breeding and Dairy Purposes

Lonnie R. Beard

Agriculture Escapes Florida’s Sales and Use Tax on Services

Sid Ansbacher

IRS Revokes “PIK and Roll” Ruling Lonnie Beard Final Rules on Swampbuster and Sodbuster Program

Linda Malone


October, 1987

Conservation Easements: Qualifying for Federal Tax Incentives

Edward Thompson, Jr.

EIS Not Required for USDA Animal Productivity Research

Linda Grim McCormick

Cattle Not Tools of the Trade

Julia R. Wilder

Coleman/Farmers Home Litigation

Michael B. Thompson


September, 1987

Bureau of Reclamation Acreage Limitation Rules

Kenneth J. Fransen

USDA Payment Limitation Termed Capricious

Neil D. Hamilton

Processor Damages to Growers Limited

James R. Baarda

Right-to-Farm Law Applied Favorably

Neil D. Hamilton


August, 1987

Patent Rights in Biotech Developments

James B. Wadley

Genetic Engineering Opens New Chapter Controls

David A. Myers

Coop’s Qualification Under I.R.C. Section 521

Terence J. Centner

FmHA Softwood Timber Loan Program

Christopher R. Kelley


July, 1987

Delaware’s Pilot Farmland Preserve

Sid Ansbacher

Temporary Interference Takings

Linda A. Malone

Farm Credit System Interest Rates

Christopher R. Kelley

Lost Opportunity Costs in Chapter 12

Julia R. Wilder


June, 1987

Understanding the Current Crisis with the ASCS

Alice A. Devine*

No Notice Sale of Debtor’s Cattle Violates Constitutional Rights

Michael B. Thompson

Field Sanitation Standard Promulgated

Donald B. Pedersen

Private Cause of Action Under Farm Credit Amendments Act of 1985 Rejected

Christopher R. Kelley


May, 1987

Immigration Reform Provisions and Agriculture: An Overview

Ann Kanter and Tei Yukimoto

Supreme Court Approves California Regulation of Federal Land

Michael B. Thompson

Water Pollution and Federal Common Law of Nuisance

John H. Davidson

Barn Outside Curtilage of Farmhouse

Linda Grim McCormick


April, 1987

Security Interest in Payments from Government Farm Programs

Susan A. Schneider, Lynn A. Hayes and Phillip K. Kunkel

State Agricultural Board Not Liable for Cooperative’s Losses

Terence J. Centner

Recoupment in FmHA Foreclosure Actions

Gene Olson

Federal Court Holds NEPA Does Not Apply to Pesticide Registrations

David A. Myers


March, 1987

FmHA Actions Against Delinquent Borrowers-an Update

Mason E. Wiggins Jr.

Contrived “Float” Violates Packers and Stockyards Act

Michael B. Thompson

State Agricultural Bargaining Provision Excised

Terence J. Centner

No Reinstatement of Voided Lien

Patricia A. Conover


February, 1987

The Freedom of Information Act and the USDA: An Overview

John J. Watkins

Immigration Reform Act Impacts Agriculture

Donald B. Pedersen

Estoppel and the FmHA: FmHA Continues to Prevail

Christopher R. Kelley

Defining Milk Order Areas

John H. Davidson


January, 1987

Bankruptcy Farm Relief: The New Chapter 12

Janet Flaccus

Creditors’ Liability: The Lender’s Response

Paul L. Wright

Chapter 12 Does Not Solve All Tax Problems

Philip E. Harris

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1986 Archive Issues


December, 1986

Some Observations on Lender Liability and Representing the Farmer/Borrower

Christopher R. Kelley

FmHA Interim Rules Narrow Homestead Protection

Christopher R. Kelley

Cooperative Securities and Director Liability

Terence J. Centner

Farm Credit Administration Publishes Final Rules on Borrowers’ Rights

Christopher R. Kelley


November, 1986

The Tax Reform Act of 1986

Philip E. Harris

Federal Clear Title Rules Preempt State Law on Dec. 23, 1986

Donald L. Uchtmann

Farmer as Employer of Migrant Workers

Kemp P. Burpeau


October, 1986

Euro-American Agricultural Law Symposium: A Report

Donald L. Uchtmann

Agricultural Land Values

J. Peter DeBraal

Private Causes of Action Under the Farm Credit Act Revisited

Christopher R. Kelley

Lyng v. Payne: Disaster Relief Loan Program Notice Case

Daniel M. Roper


September, 1986

A Primer for the Agricultural Producer Considering Export

Janet L. Wright and Christopher Perello

Tax Consequences of Hay Donations

Philip E. Harris

EPA Refines Review Procedures for Open Field Experiments

David Myers

Supreme Court Upholds FDA Action Levels

Robert B. Leflar


August, 1986

Veterinarians and the Law

Harold W. Hannah

New Hoop for Farmers in Chapter 11?

Gerald Torres

Special Use Valuation and the Future Interest Test

Neil E. Hart

Intervention by Cooperative in Marketing Order Action

Terence J. Centner


July, 1986

Cooperatives-Netting and Tracing Issues After the Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985

Mary Elizabeth Matthews

Eighth Circuit Issues U.C.C. 9-307(1) Opinion

Donald B. Pedersen

USDA’s Animal Productivity and DNA Research Not Violative of NEPA

Terence J. Centner

Forbearance Policy of Farm Credit System Questioned

Paul L. Wright


June, 1986

Fractional Share Stallion Syndication: Not a Security

Drew L. Kershen

Jewell v. Bank of America: Ag Lender Appeals $22 Million Verdict

Donald B. Pedersen

Unconscionable Clauses in Seed Contracts

Mary Helen Mitchell

Alternative Minimum Tax Relief for Farmers

Patricia A. Conover


May, 1986

The payment Limitation on Farm Program Participation

Neil D. Hamilton

Attachment Under U.C.C. § 9-203: A Warning to Custom Feeders

Annette Higby

FCA Forbearance Policy: Rights of Borrowers

Sidney F. Ansbacher

USDA Issues Regulations for Certified Central Filing

Donald L. Uchtmann


April, 1986

FmHA Conversion Actions: The Farm and Home Plan Defense

Annette Higby

Coleman Court Issues Two New Orders

Annette Higby

Being “At Risk” for Purposes of Special Use Valuation

Neil E. Harl

CFTC Approves Improved Trade Timing Rules

Thomas M. McGivern


March, 1986

Regulations Affecting Importation of Animal Embryos

J.W. Looney

FmHA Impacted by 1985 Farm Bill

Donald B. Pedersen

PCAs and Other Chameleons

Annette Higby

Corporate Owned Farm Exempt

Philip L. Kunkel


February, 1986

Federal Income Tax Options for Farmers in Financial Distress

Philip E. Harris

Irrigation Districts Not Entitled to Special Power Rate

Christopher L. Campbell

Highlights of Farm Credit Act Amendments of 1985

John H. Davidson

More on FmHA Adverse Action Notices

Donald B. Pedersen


January, 1986

Commodity Provisions of the Food Security Act of 1985

R. Charles Culver

1985 Farm Bill to Preempt Farm Products Exception of Uniform Commercial Code

Donald L. Uchtmann

Disaster Programs Litigation

Annette Higby

Is milk a Product of a Cow?

Philip L. Kunkel

Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker Programs

Donald B. Pedersen

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1985 Archive Issues


December, 1985

Hazards in the Workplace-Agriculture’s Treatment Under Disclosure Statutes and Standards

John C. Becker

Supreme Court Holds Firm on FIFRA Registration Laws

David Myers

Rights of Creditors and Others in Federal Crop Insurance Proceeds

Kemp P. Burpeau

Involuntary Servitude

Donald B. Pedersen


November, 1985

Foreign Investment in U.S. Agricultural Land

J. Peter DeBraal

Imputed Interest Rules Changed Again

Philip E. Harris

Conservation Issues: The 1985 Farm Bill Debate

Linda A. Malone

FmHA Delinquent Borrower Regulations Promulgated

Donald B. Pedersen


October, 1985

1985 Farm Bill Debate Update

R. Charles Culver

Court Upholds Farmland Preservation Zoning

Edward Thompson Jr.

FmHA Litigation Update

Annette Higby

Farm Credit Administration Assumes Power to Order Intersystem Fund Transfers

John H. Davidson


September, 1985

Tax Consequences Upon the Disposition of an Agricultural Partnership Interest

Gary L. Flinn

President Reagan’s Tax Proposal

Philip E. Harris

President Signs New Equal Access to Justice Act

John J. Watkins

Migrant Houses-INS Searches

Donald B. Pedersen


August, 1985

Farm Estate Planning Practices in Missouri

Stephen F. Matthews and John H. Poehlman

Perfected Security Agreement Fails to Protect Supply Cooperative

Terence J. Centner

Wetlands Determination

John H. Davidson

Company/Grower Litigation in the Vertically Integrated Poultry Industry

Roy C. Whitehead


July, 1985

Pesticide Assessment: The Administrative Process and Expert Testimony

Michael T. Olexa

Jurisdiction Over Suits Against Farm Credit System Banks and Associations

Donald B. Pedersen

Court Denies Growers’ Attempt to Participate in Futures Profits of Sugar Company

Thomas M. McGivern

Congress Adopts New Recordkeeping Rules

Philip E. Harris


June, 1985

The 1985 Farm Bill Debate-Senate Developments

R. Charles Culver

Federal Court Requires Guidelines for Genetic Engineering Experiment

David A. Myers

UCC vs. Branding Law-Distinguished

Bruce McMillen

Truth-in-Lending Act-Agricultural Purposes Exemption

David W. Pryor


May, 1985

Reclamation Law-an Overview

Kenneth J. Fransen and Carl R. Refuerzo

Damage Actions Against FmHA Officials

John H. Davidson

Nice Try

Edward Thompson Jr.

Equity Interest in Operation of Ranch Required for §2032A

Philip E. Harris

Due-on-Sale Clauses in Installment Land Contracts

John H. Davidson


April, 1985

The 1985 Farm Bill Debate and the Potential Impact on Federal Agricultural Programs

Neil D. Hamilton

Purchase of Hypothecated Farm Equipment from Farmer Seller

Keith G. Meyer

More on FmHA Debt Adjustment Program

Donald B. Pedersen

Aerial Herbicide Spraying Programs

John H. Davidson


March, 1985

Mineral Owner’s Tax Treatment of Oil and Gas Payment Received Independent of Production

Judon Fambrough

Capital Gains Treatment Not Rejected

Philip E. Harris

Priority of Security Interests

Terence J. Centner

Moratorium Provision Applied to Any Adverse Action on Borrower’s Debt

John H. Davidson


February, 1985

Preparing an Addendum to an Oil and Gas Lease to Reflect Landowner Concerns

Paul L. Wright

Amendments to the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act

John D. Copeland

Agricultural Labor-Liquidating Damages

Donald B. Pedersen

Installment Payment of Federal Estate Tax

Neil E. Harl


January, 1985

The Future of Transferable Development Rights in the Supreme Court

Linda A. Malone

Uniform Commercial Code vs. Branding Laws

Bruce McMillen

Preferential Assessment-Recapture Tax

Terence J. Centner

Taylor Grazing Act Litigation

Donald B. Pedersen

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1984 Archive Issues


December, 1984

Curing Defective Special Use Valuation Elections: An Examination of Section 1025 of the Deficit Reduction Act of 1984 and Its Legislative History

Richard L. Dees

Supreme Court Upholds FIFRA Registration Laws

David A. Myers

Sales of Secured Property and Dischargeability Under the Bankruptcy Code

Phillip L. Kunkel

Reagan Vetoes Extension of Equal Access to Justice Act

John Watkins


November, 1984

Agricultural Lands and Section 404 Wetlands Protection

Gerald Torres

Fair Labor Standards Act: Recent Agricultural Cases

Donald B. Pedersen

Creditors’ Liquidating Plans in Farm Bankruptcies

Phillip L. Kunkel

Government Regulation: 1985 Feed Grains Program

Neil D. Hamilton


October, 1984

New Bankruptcy Grain Storage Amendments

Howard B. Pickard

California County Ordinance Prohibiting Aerial Spraying of Herbicides Upheld

Terence J. Centner


September, 1984

Tax Reform Act of 1984

Neil E. Harl and Philip E. Harris

FmHA Foreclosures-Procedural & Substantive Due Process Requirements

Terence J. Centner

Court Rules Strict Liability for Failure to Warn in Paraquat Poisoning

John Davidson


August, 1984

Insuring that the Landlord Receives the Rent or Avoiding a Call to Your Malpractice Insurance Carrier

Thomas A. Lawler

State Cooperative Bargaining Act Preempted by Federal Law

Terence J. Centner

Texas Enacts Workers’ Compensation Coverage for Farmworkers

Donald B. Pedersen


July, 1984

New S Corporations: Soil and Water Conservation and Land-Clearing Expenditures

Lonnie R. Beard

Cooperative May Violate Federal Antitrust Law by Terminating Members

Terence J. Centner

Tree Shelterbelt Taxation

John H. Davidson


June, 1984

Farm Workers Have the Right to Receive Visitors at Their Farm Residences

Christopher R. Kelley

California Court Approves Public Utility Extension Controls

David Myers

Flat Storage

Neil E. Harl


May, 1984

New CFTC Reparations Rules

Thomas M. McGivern

An Analysis of H.R.4072

R. Charles Culver

FmHA Loans and Crop Insurance

Neil E. Harl


April, 1984

Disclaiming Implied Warranties of Animal Health

Terence J. Centner

Tax Benefit Rule

Neil E. Harl

Cooperatives-Identifying Patronage and Non-Patronage Income

James Dean

Special Use Valuation: Material Participation Test

Neil E. Harl


March, 1984

The FmHA Foreclosure Moratorium Provision in the Courts

John H. Davidson

Supreme Court to Review Portions of FIFRA Registration Laws

David A. Myers

Redetermined Basis Under ACRS

Philip E. Harris


February, 1984

Rural Electric Cooperative’s Wholesale Rates Subject to State Public Service Commission

Terence J. Centner

Gift of Property-Annual Exclusion

Philip E. Harris

Termination of Tennancies by the Entirety

Philip E. Harris

OSHA Promulgates Hazard Communication Rule; Proposes Grain Handling Facility Rule

Donald B. Pedersen


January, 1984

The Impact of the Windfall Profit Tax on Royalty Owners

Judon Fambrough

Single Purpose Agricultural Structures

Neil E. Harl

IRS Changes Position on Special Use Recapture

Neil E. Harl

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1983 Archive Issues


December, 1983

Farm Products for Purpose of Article 9 of the UCC

Keith Meyer

Reparation Proceeding Initiated Under Packers and Stockyards Act

More on PIK


November, 1983

Division Orders and Royalty Checks: Insufficient Analysis When Negotiating Mineral Leases Can Mean Losses for the Land Owner

Judon Fambrough

2032A Recaptures to the Unwary

Paul L. Wright

Farmers Comprehensive Personal Liability Insurance Somewhat Less Than “Comprehensive”

Robert Works


October, 1983

Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act Presents Different Regulatory Structure

Don Pedersen

PIK brings about tax changes

Neil E. Harl

50 Cent Dairy Deduction Injunction Vacated

Terence J. Centner

IRS Asserts Co-op Tax Deficiencies

James B. Dean

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