Micah Brown, Author at National Agricultural Law Center
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By: Micah Brown

Restricting Foreign Farmland Investments: Alabama’s Proposed Constraints on Foreign Ownership

Recently, an Alabama state lawmaker proposed a bill (S.B. 14) that is aimed at restricting foreign ownership of agricultural land within...

USDA Payments: Relief for Negotiated Hogs

Recently, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (“USDA”) announced it is implementing a program to provide aid to certain hog producers. This...

Resources for Underserved Communities: Highlight on Access to Credit

For decades, farmers in the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) and other underserved communities have been disproportionately affected by unfairly...

Lending for Livestock, Credit for Crops: Notice Requirements for Sale of Collateral

Many agricultural producers borrow money to successfully run their operations. Typically, the lender requires the borrower to give a security interest...

Lending for Livestock, Credit for Crops: Taking Possession of Collateral

Many agricultural producers borrow money to successfully run their operations. Typically, the lender requires the borrower to give a security interest...

Lending for Livestock, Credit for Crops: When Default Occurs

Many agricultural producers borrow money to successfully run their operations. Typically, the lender requires the borrower to give a security interest...

An Intervention: Organization Seeks to Defend Minority Debt Relief Program

The Federation of Southern Cooperative/Land Assistance Fund (“Federation”) has filed a motion to intervene as a defendant in the class action...

Who Owns the FARM: Foreign Investment in US Agriculture

Over the past decade, foreign investments in agricultural land have grown. At the start of 2020, foreign persons held over 35...

Considering Carbon: Overview of Existing Market Structures

An interest in reducing environmental impacts and achieving climate sustainability is growing significantly within the U.S. government, especially with the Biden...

Pandemic Payments: Aid under Pandemic Livestock Indemnity Program

Recently, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (“USDA”) announced it is implementing a program for livestock and poultry producers who suffered unexpected...

Judge Certifies Two Classes in Lawsuit Challenging Minority Debt Relief Payments

In Miller v. Vilsack, five Texas farmers filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture (“USDA”) alleging that its loan...

Proposed Tax Exemption for Community Ag Lenders

A bill was recently introduced in Congress, known as the Enhancing Credit Opportunities in Rural America Act (“ECORA”) of 2021. ECORA...

Judge’s Order Halts Minority Debt Relief Payments

UPDATE: A group of five Texas farmers have filed a class action lawsuit against the USDA (Miller, et al. v. Vilsack, No....

Legality of Minority Debt Relief Payments Called Into Question

UPDATE: On July 6, 2021, the plaintiffs’ temporary restraining order previously issued by the court was dissolved and their motion for...

Considering Carbon: Overview of Carbon Market Composition

An interest in reducing environmental impacts and achieving climate sustainability within the U.S. is growing significantly among both the public and...

Securing an Interest: Federal Crop Insurance Proceeds

In agricultural finance, it is common for creditors to obtain an interest in a farmer’s crop insurance payments to secure a...

Lending for Livestock, Credit for Crops: Effect of Bankruptcy

Many agricultural producers borrow money to successfully run their operations. Typically, the lender requires the borrower to give a security interest...

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Considering Carbon: Markets & More

Overview An interest in reducing environmental impacts and achieving climate sustainability within the U.S. is growing significantly among both the public...

USDA Aid Initiative: Pandemic Assistance for Producers

For over a year, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the entire agricultural industry, and many farmers and ranchers continue to suffer...

Lending for Livestock, Credit for Crops: Statutory Agricultural Liens

Many agricultural producers borrow money to successfully run their operations. Typically, the lender requires the borrower to give a security interest...