The newsletter of ISBA’s Section on Agricultural Law
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Newsletter articles from 2002
Are you liable for overtime pay?
Generally, a salaried employee has always been considered just that; an employee who for a set salary works as many hours (or as few hours in some cases) as necessary to accomplish the duties assigned to be completed.
Current topics—individual income tax
The Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001 was passed by Congress on May 26, 2001, and signed by President Bush shortly after the Memorial Day recess of Congress.
FDIC insurance coverage for estates and revocable trusts
Just as grain elevators can fail, so can banks. If you represent the executor of an estate or the trustee of a revocable trust it is important to understand how FDIC insurance applies to estate or trust bank deposits.
Planning for higher education expenses
Paying higher education expenses can be a daunting task. Recent changes in the tax laws provide increased incentives for saving for higher education, as well as tax breaks to help offset some of the costs when you pay the expenses.
Recent developments in the law of agricultural biotechnology
This article highlights selected topics from "Legal Issues in Biotechnology: A Farmer's Perspective" presented by the author on April 29, 2002 as part of Law of the Prairie, a continuing legal education program of the Illinois State Bar Association.
Saline County, Kansas resolution placing builders on notice of agricultural use
Illinois and several other states have legislation designed "to protect farming operations from nuisance suits under certain circumstances," 740 ILCS 70/0.01 et seq., with the stated purpose of such legislation being "to conserve and protect and encourage the development and improvements of its agricultural land for the production of food and other agricultural products." 740 ILCS 70/1.
Securing the right to receive government payments under revised Article 9
Whether a security interest in government program payments is perfected has always been at the center of debate, generally in the bankruptcy or "farmer-in-distress" context, and the issue remains largely unresolved by the recent revisions to Article 9 of the Illinois Uniform Commercial Code that took effect on July 1, 2001.
Supreme Court considering plant patent issue
On October 3, 2001, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc. v. J.E.M. Ag Supply, Inc. 99-1996 to determine whether patents on Pioneer genetically engineered seed corn were valid under Title 35, section 101 of the United States Code.