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Articles on Agriculture

Medical cannabis cultivation centers October 2014 Illinois Law Update, Page 472 The Department of Agriculture ("DOA") adopted amendments to implement Pub. Act 98-0122, which creates a pilot program for the cultivation and distribution of medical cannabis. 8 Ill. Adm. Code 1000 (eff. July 25, 2014).
Nonprofits now allowed for agricultural compost cooperatives January 2014 Illinois Law Update, Page 16 The General Not For Profit Corporation Act of 1986 has been amended to allow for the formation of nonprofits for the purpose of cooperatively owning and operating agriculture-based anaerobic digestion systems.
Encouraging collaboration between farmers’ markets and convention centers. PA 097-1015 July 2013 Illinois Law Update, Page 336 The Illinois General Assembly passed a resolution effective this year to encourage collaboration between farmers' markets and convention centers.
Suit barred for plaintiffs who ‘came to the nuisance’ of fly-infested cattle farm By Adam W. Lasker April 2013 Lawpulse, Page 170 The Illinois Supreme Court held that the Farm Nuisance Suit Act barred recovery for plaintiffs who acquired a house across the road from a fly-infested cattle farm.
Implementing rules for landscape waste composting and on-farm composting facilities February 2013 Illinois Law Update, Page 72 Recently adopted administrative rules regulate the issuance of permits for maintenance of waste composting areas or facilities that exceed applicable rates.
Rules for non-highway vehicles used for farming purposes amended. PA 096-1434. July 2011 Illinois Law Update, Page 336 The Illinois Vehicle Code has been amended to modify restrictions for non-highway vehicles (625 ILCS 5/11-1426.1).
Illinois Forestry Development Council created. PA 096-0217 July 2010 Illinois Law Update, Page 348 The general assembly recently created a 29-member council tasked with developing Illinois forestry. 525 ILCS 15/6b. 
Civil penalties heightened for destroying crops. PA 096-0529 February 2010 Illinois Law Update, Page 72 Illinois lawmakers in recent months beefed up the civil penalties for destroying a farmer's crops. Under amendments to the Criminal Code of 1961, any person who knowingly damages another's crops is liable to the crop owner for money damages "up to twice the market value of the crops damaged or destroyed." 720 ILCS 5/21-1.  
An order to dissolve a preliminary injunction constitutes a legal conclusion that the preliminary injunction was wrongfully issued November 2009 Illinois Law Update, Page 552 On September 9, 2009, the Illinois Appellate Court, Fourth District, reversed the judgment of the Circuit Court of Sangamon County and remanded with direction. 
Illinois Grain Code updated April 2009 Illinois Law Update, Page 174 The Department of Agriculture updated the state's Grain Code to establish a single system of governmental regulation for the Illinois grain industry. 8 Ill Adm Code 281.
Rules require disclosure of compliance with Islamic laws and customs in food preparation February 2008 Illinois Law Update, Page 72 A new Part was added to the Department of Agriculture's rules on Animals and Animal Products. 8 Ill Adm Code 190. 
Farm development August 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 398 On May 30, 2001, the Illinois Farm Development Authority adopted amendments to section 1400 of the Illinois Administrative Code. 8 Ill Adm Code 1400. The rule has the effect of removing the 50 percent cap on using Young Farmer Guarantee Program loans to refinance existing debt in order to improve lien positions.
Reporting releases of livestock waste January 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 14 On October 6, 2000, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency adopted amendments to section 580 of the Illinois Administrative Code. 35 Ill Adm Code 580.
Land Application Authorization/Remediation Program September 1999 Illinois Law Update, Page 460 On June 25, 1999, the Illinois Department of Agriculture adopted new sections to section 258 of the Illinois Administrative Code. 8 Ill Adm Code 258.