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U.S.-Mexico Trade Dispute Over Genetically Modified Corn

In 2023, the United States (“U.S.”) exported $13.1 billion in corn, approximately $5.4 billion of which went to Mexico. As a...

Eleventh Circuit Narrowly Blocks Florida From Enforcing Foreign Ownership Law

On February 1, 2024, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit granted a partial injunction in favor of two...

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The Deal With Dicamba: Court Vacates Over-the-Top Registration

On February 6, 2024, a federal court in Arizona issued a ruling directing the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) to vacate the...

Agritourism: Reducing Liability Risk During Solar Eclipse Activities

Tayler Workman, NALC Research Fellow and Rusty Rumley, Senior Staff Attorney   On April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse will...

FAIR Labels Act of 2024

In the past few years, the definition of “meat” has become a hot topic for debate. With the popularity of meat...

U.S. Department of Labor Finalizes Independent Contractor Rule

Classifying workers as “employees” or “independent contractors” is an important task for agricultural employers because of the legal obligations and protections...

Who Owns the Ag Land? Congress Considering Changes to the Federal Reporting Regime

On January 25, 2024, Senator Mike Braun (R-IN) introduced the AFIDA Improvements Act of 2024 (S. 3666) which seeks to amend...

EPA Proposes Updates to Effluent Limitations for Meat and Poultry Processors

In late January, the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) announced that it was seeking public comment on its proposal to revise technology-based...

Legal Issues with Land Trusts: Tax Benefits and the IRS Crackdown

As conservation has grown as a priority for both those in the private and public sectors, tools like nonprofit land trusts...

Challenges to the 2023 U.S. Department of Labor H-2A AEWR Methodology Rule

The H-2A program, which allows employers to employ foreign nationals to fill temporary U.S. agricultural jobs, plays an essential role in...

USDA Proposes Updates to Foreign Held Agricultural Land Reporting

Recently, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (“USDA”) announced that it is seeking public feedback—due by February 16, 2024—on how foreign persons...

EPA Weighs in On Supreme Court Decision Regarding Groundwater and the CWA

In April 2020, the United States Supreme Court issued its final ruling Cty. of Maui v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund, 590 U.S....

Legal Issues with Land Trusts: What uses are permitted on the land?

With an increased interest in conservation and land preservation, the use of legal tools like land trusts and conservation easements have...

State Tax Changes Enacted in 2023 Affecting Agriculture

April may feel far away in January, but tax day is always closer than you think. For agricultural producers, staying on...

Who Owns the Business? Corporate Transparency Act and Foreign Entity Disclosures

As previously discussed, the Agricultural Foreign Investment Disclosure Act (“AFIDA”) (7 U.S.C. §§ 3501–3508) contains reporting requirements mandating that certain foreign...

“Top Ten” Issues in Ag & Env Law: 2023 Edition

In the world of agricultural law, 2023 was a year for significant developments and changes.  In summary below, attorneys at the...

Legal Issues with Land Trusts: What is a Land Trust?

As an interest in land conservation has grown among both the public and private sectors in the last decade, land trusts...

Recent Federal and State Legislation to Amend Child Labor Laws

Agriculture can be a hazardous occupation, and adding child workers into the equation can lead to even more dangerous situations. During...

Spotlighting State Restrictions on Foreign Land Investments: Louisiana – Part Two

The Louisiana Constitution permits “[e]very person…the right to acquire, own, control, use,…private property.” La. Const. Ann. art. I, § 4. However,...

EPA Proposes Vulnerable Species Pilot Project

One June 22, 2023, the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) released a draft white paper for its Vulnerable Species Pilot Project (“VSPP”),...