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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...

Stuck in the Swamp? Overview of the Minimal Effect Exemption Under Swampbuster

The Food Security Act of 1985 (“1985 Farm Bill”) established the Highly Erodible Lands and Wetlands Conservation program that relates to...

Lettuce Keep it Clean: Efforts to Reduce Leafy Green Contamination

Produce safety, especially the safety of leafy green vegetables, has been at the forefront of U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA)...

Water Rights Dispute: Public Trust Doctrine in Front of NV Supreme Court

On September 17, 2020, the Nevada Supreme Court issued an opinion answering two questions posed to it by the United States...

Lending for Livestock, Credit for Crops: The Basics of Secured Transactions in Agriculture

Agricultural producers typically utilize financing from lenders to fund their farming operation. The USDA projects farm sector debt will be over...

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Rule Change Alters Farm Service Agency Programs Eligibility and Payment Limits

By Drew Mitchell, Research Fellow, National Agricultural Law Center With the release of a new final rule, the Payment Limitation and...

All American: ‘Made in the USA’ Labeling Proposed Rule Faces Scrutiny

The comment period for the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) “Made in the USA” (MUSA) labeling proposed rule closed on September 14,...

Deconstructing the CWA: What is a TMDL?

One of the key tools employed by the Clean Water Act (“CWA”) to help meet the statute’s goal of reducing pollution...

Bankruptcy on the Farm: A Look at the Chapter 12 Option

Financial conditions during the past few years have been harsh for agricultural producers. Low commodity prices and extreme weather conditions have...

Stuck in the Swamp? A Look At Prior-Converted Croplands Under Swampbuster

“Swampbuster” is the name often used to refer to the section of the Highly Erodible Lands and Wetlands Conservation provisions of...

Putting All the Eggs in One Basket: FSIS Updates Egg Products Inspection Regulations

On September 9, 2020, the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced their intent to...

Welcome Sarah Catherine Copper!

Last month the National Agricultural Law Center welcomed Sarah Catherine Copper on board as a full time Staff Attorney. Sarah Catherine...

Murky Tides: EPA Sued for Chesapeake Bay Cleanup Violations

Two lawsuits have been filed against the Environmental Protect Agency (“EPA”) over the agency’s handling of the Chesapeake Bay cleanup. The...

Show Me the Money: A Primer on Agricultural Lending

The availability of credit is an integral part of the agricultural production process. Borrowing large amounts of capital and incurring considerable...

Welcome Micah Brown!

Last month the National Agricultural Law Center was excited to welcome Staff Attorney Micah Brown to the NALC team. Micah, a...

Conservation Clarified: USDA Issues New Rules For Conservation Provisions

On August 28, 2020 the United States Department of Agriculture (“USDA”) issued a final rule for the Highly Erodible Land and...

Buzzing Home: FWS Determines No Critical Habitat for Bumblebee Species

The United States Fish and Wildlife Service (“FWS”) announced on September 1, 2020 that it has decided not to designate critical...

Jumping the Gun? Government Says NEPA Challenges are Premature

On July 29, 2020, a coalition of environmental groups filed a complaint in the United States District Court for the Western...

Biofuels Rules: EPA Guidance Stands

In a decision published on August 14, 2020, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia dismissed a...

Hot Topics in Environmental Law: Litigation Updates

The past month has seen several developments in important, and on-going environmental law cases. Each litigation, though completely unrelated, has the...