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RMA Information Updated for Producers Impacted by Drought

The Kansas Department of Agriculture urges farmers and ranchers to immediately meet with their crop insurance appraisers to determine the best management...

Vilsack Announces Promising Assistance Package

“Agriculture remains a bright spot in our nation’s economy and it is increasingly important that USDA has the tools to act...

Peterson Protects Previous Farm Bill Legislation

Freshman members in the House Agriculture Committee as well as the full House may be “unaware of the history of farm...

Farm Bill Amendment and California Laws

According to a recent Monterey Herald article, “a California voter-approved law requiring that hens have cages large enough to let them...

33rd Annual Meeting of the American Agricultural Law Association: Nashville, Tennessee October 18-20

The 33rd Annual Meeting of the American Agricultural Law Association will be held October 18-20, 2012 at the downtown Sheraton Hotel...

ABA, Nat’l Ag Law Center, and American Ag Law Assoc. Co-Sponsoring July 31 Program: “California’s Proposed GM Food Labeling Law: Pros, Cons, and Legal Issues”

On July 31, from 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 EST, the American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources (SEER) is hosting...

Ag Committee Version of Farm Bill Lacks Mandatory Energy Title Funds

The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture has passed its version of the 2012 Farm Bill, the Federal Agriculture Reform...

Farm Bill Passed by House Agriculture Committee

The New York Times reports that the House Agriculture Committee voted to pass its version of a new farm bill that...

Farm Bill Vote Keeps Mandatory Checkoffs

A Senate amendment that would have made mandatory checkoffs for soybeans and other crops voluntary has been defeated.  Alan Kemper, chairman...

33rd Annual Meeting of the American Agricultural Law Association: Nashville, Tennessee October 18-20

The 33rd Annual Meeting of the American Agricultural Law Association will be held October 18-20, 2012 at the downtown Sheraton Hotel 2012 in...

Wisconsin Town Exceeds Authority to Regulate Farm’s Water-Quality Standards

In Wisconsin, the state Supreme Court has ruled that rural towns do not have the authority to enforce tougher water-quality standards...

Center Hosting Free Webinar July 24, “The Clean Water, EPA Regulation, and the Future of Farming”

On July 24, 2012 from 12-1 Eastern, the National Agricultural Law Center, a unit of the University of Arkansas System Division...

National Agricultural Law Center and the National Sea Grant Law Center Announce New Collaboration

The National Sea Grant Law Center at the University of Mississippi School of Law and the National Agricultural Law Center at...

House Agriculture Committee Calls for Bigger SNAP Cuts

The Washington Post reports the House Agriculture Committee unveiled its approach for a long-term farm and food bill that would reduce...

Rice and Peanut Farmers Support House Version of 2012 Farm Bill

The Hill reports that “lobbyists for rice and peanut farmers who opposed a Senate-passed farm bill backed a draft House version...

Country of Origin Labeling Discussed by National Cattlemen’s Beef Association

The World Trade Organization issued its final ruling on Country of Origin Labeling. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Vice President Bob McCan...

California Farm Bureau Opposes Project on Prime Farmland

A state law requiring a third of California’s power to be generated from renewable sources by 2020 has generated concern for...

Water Board Hearing Could Increase Costs for Agriculturists

According to a recent Western Farm Press article, the California “State Water Resources Control Board held a hearing in May to...

Crop Insurance Claims Predicted to Escalate

Extreme drought conditions in Southern Illinois have resulted in an escalated number of recently filed insurance claims.Farm Week Now reports that...

Midwest Drought Causes Diminished Corn Crops

Farmers in the Midwest are beginning to see what was expected to be the nation’s largest corn crop in generations shrivel...