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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...

Lending for Livestock, Credit for Crops: UCC Agricultural Liens

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

Livestock Dealer Trust: Payment Protection for Sellers

On December 21, 2020, the Consolidated Appropriations Act (“CAA”) passed both houses of Congress and was later signed into law on...

Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) Additional Assistance: Structure and Status

In response to the economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress passed a stimulus relief bill known as the Coronavirus...

Aid to Agriculture: Overview of the Recent Stimulus Package

On December 21, 2020, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (“CAA”) passed both houses of Congress and was later signed into law...

Lending for Livestock, Credit for Crops: Purchase-Money Security Interests

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: An Overview of Priority

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: Filing a Financing Statement

For many farmers and ranchers, it is often necessary to borrow large amounts of capital and incur considerable debts in order...

Lending for Livestock, Credit for Crops: Perfecting the Security Interest

Borrowing large amounts of capital and incurring considerable debts in order to produce an agricultural commodity is necessary farmers and ranchers...

Lending for Livestock, Credit for Crops: Attaching the Security Interest

Agricultural producers typically utilize financing from lenders to fund their farming operation. Ordinarily, the lender loaning money will require the farmer...