FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Unforgiving weather patterns, trade disputes and low commodity prices have become the perfect storm for financial distress in the agricultural community, with family farm bankruptcies rising 23 percent for the 12-month period from March 2019 to March 2020.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – To further their mission and better serve their stakeholders, the National Agricultural Law Center has hired two new staff attorneys, Micah Brown and Sarah Catherine Copper.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Beckoned by agritourism, urbanites and suburbanites sometimes flock to the country to visit pumpkin patches, vineyards and petting zoos or take trail rides, getting up close and personal with large animals and equipment. What could possibly go wrong?
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – For half a century, agricultural district programs, meant to protect farmers from the pressures of expanding urbanization, have evolved and been deployed in various forms around the country. The growing gap between agriculture and those in expanding suburban areas could pose a threat to those protections, however.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – A federal appeals court ruling that prompted the Environmental Protection Agency’s cancellation of three dicamba-based herbicides has not only drawn new attention, but also is raising questions about use of existing stock.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – In a field already disrupted by weather disasters, depressed commodity prices and trade disputes, COVID-19 has proved to be yet another obstacle for those in agriculture.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – With meat and poultry processing crippled by COVID-19 closures, some producers with a backlog of animals are seeking other means to process their stock, including smaller processing facilities. Additionally, interest is growing in the necessary steps to open and maintain these types of facilities. However, there are numerous considerations for both groups to examine, Elizabeth Rumley, a Senior Staff Attorney at the National Agricultural Law Center, said.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Agricultural producers face many unique challenges when trying to balance difficult decisions and important relationships. When stuck between a rock and a hard place, agricultural mediation can offer assistance.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The annual Mid-South Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference will look a little different in 2020 for two reasons: it’s moving online in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, and conference proceeds will benefit a new fellowship for law students.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The COVID-19 pandemic’s dramatic effects on the economy and the subsequent regulatory reactions have hit the agriculture industry hard, making difficult to navigate issues such as agricultural labor, contracts and direct marketing, increasingly confusing.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – In a profession subject to heavy stresses from weather and the markets, the COVID-19 pandemic is throwing another major obstacle in the way of agricultural producers and others in the food supply chain.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – From inspections to transportation, concerns over a safe and continuous food supply have caused numerous federal agencies to implement regulatory changes in agricultural production.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – A Missouri peach farmer was recently awarded $265 million after a jury found that his orchard was damaged by dicamba-based pesticides. Hundreds of similar lawsuits have been filed, and their rulings could have far-reaching effects on the herbicide’s use in the United States.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – In January, the Council on Environmental Quality sought regulatory overhaul for the National Environmental Policy Act, the first significant change to the act since it was passed in 1970.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — City dwellers looking for recreational opportunities away from the city will sometimes find themselves on farmland, leaving landowners with increased exposure to liability, say legal experts.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Expected changes after the 2020 elections, agricultural bankruptcy and the latest on federal crop insurance and farm programs are among the timely topics to be discussed at the seventh annual Mid-South Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference this June.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — As alternative proteins gain popularity, the controversy of what to call them has turned legal.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Excessive rain paired with less than ideal market conditions can lead to many farmers relying on the Federal Crop Insurance Program to soften the blow of a rough growing season. However, producers relying on this program should be prepared for a potential crop insurance audit.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Labor and employment laws in the United States can be difficult to navigate under the best of circumstances. With exemptions and exceptions for agricultural labor, however, these laws become even more complicated for employers.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – With a spike in the solar industry, many landowners are leasing their property to solar developers as a form of extra income. However, these specialty leases present some unique legal concerns.
LITTLE ROCK – The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture will host an informational meeting on Thursday, Dec. 19 for producers interested in growing hemp.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – From animal issues to child support, divorces in farm and ranch families present unique challenges that can have a significant impact on agricultural operations. To address some of these unique challenges, the National Agricultural Law Center has published a fact sheet series discussing family law in agriculture.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – After a year of lower commodity prices, extreme weather, and ongoing trade tensions in world markets, much needed debt relief can be available to family farms through Chapter 12 bankruptcy.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Unanswered questions for industrial hemp production in the United States has the industry watching the United States Department of Agriculture closely as they await regulations, according to the National Agricultural Law Center
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The 2018 Farm Bill has opened a window of opportunity for cultivation of industrial hemp – an industry whose products were valued at nearly $700 million in 2016. However, before U.S. growers can go all out for industrial hemp, there’s a regulatory waiting game that needs to play out.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Because some crops, such as fresh fruit, are highly perishable, laws such as the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act, or PACA, are in place to protect producers from unfair business practices.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Congressional staffers working with agricultural law and policy issues received a briefing on the latest developments in herbicide litigation, industrial hemp and cultured meat from senior staff attorneys with the National Agricultural Law Center.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Leasing property for recreational use, such as hunting, can be a source of additional income, but these leases come with more factors than landowners may expect.
Ag and Environmental Law Conference speakers give insights into realities of hemp, down farm economy
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The new realities of hemp and the hard realities of a down farm economy are among the issues speakers brought to the sixth annual Mid-South Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference.
Louisiana attorney to discuss complexities of ag labor, immigration at Mid-South Agricultural & Environmental Law Conference
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Labor laws can be difficult to navigate, but when applied to agricultural employees, they become even more complicated. At the sixth annual Mid-South Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference, Brandon Davis, partner at Phelps Dunbar, LLP, of New Orleans, will discuss agricultural labor and immigration for farmers and agribusinesses.
USDA general counsel to be keynote at 6th annual environmental/ag law conference June 6-7 at Memphis
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Environmental law, immigration and agricultural labor, ag bankruptcy, and a keynote address by U. S. Department of Agriculture General Counsel Stephen Vaden are some of the hot topics on the agenda for the sixth annual Mid-South Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference, set for June 6-7 in Memphis, Tennessee.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Nutrients from agricultural crop production have had a detrimental impact on water quality in the United States, but many states are working to address the issue.
LITTLE ROCK – A recording of the industrial hemp webinar presented by University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, is now available online.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Environmental regulations provide both protections and challenges — protections for natural resources and the people and animals who depend on them; compliance challenges for many landowners. At the Mid-South Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference, Jim Noles, founding partner at Barze Taylor Noles Lowther, LLC, will address how attorneys, lenders and landowners can best navigate related regulatory issues.
LITTLE ROCK – The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture is hosting an April 29 webinar that will parse the legalities of industrial hemp production in Arkansas.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Right of way agreements and eminent domain could allow for powerline or pipeline companies to enter, or even seize, privately owned land. When a company is seeking such agreements, it’s important for landowners to know their rights.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Checkoff programs offer vital research and information for both producers and consumers of agricultural commodities. Over the past year, these programs have undergone a number of legal and policy changes relevant to their future operations.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – While the growth of the agritourism industry could mean extra income for farmers, it could also mean an increase in risk.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The National Agricultural Law Center will host a webinar Wednesday, Nov. 14, to clarify the application of the Endangered Species Act in the context of agriculture.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Although debate and conflict have surrounded the term “milk” since 1997, there have been recent strides in the dairy industry’s conflict regarding the labeling of plant-based products as “milk.” A publication from the National Agricultural Law Center explains the dispute’s history, facts and recent events.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Jacqueline Schweichler, staff attorney at the Penn State Center for Agricultural and Shale Law, will address recent developments in the Food Safety Modernization Act through a webinar hosted by the National Agricultural Law Center Wednesday, Oct. 17 at noon EDT/11 a.m. CDT.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The National Agricultural Law Center will be weighing in on the evolving landscape of right-to-farm laws and offering a legislative update during the 2018 Texas A&M Law Review Fall Symposium on Friday in Fort Worth, Texas.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Harrison Pittman, director of the National Agricultural Law Center, will present “Recent & Emerging Issues in Ag & Food Law: Overview for Arkansas Ag & Food Industries” Monday, Sept. 17.
LITTLE ROCK – Artificial intelligence, blockchain and robotics are all powerful new technologies that are not only making changes in agriculture, but are also plowing up new legal issues for attorneys, state governments and producers, presenters said during a national ag tech and law conference.