Section Newsletter Articles on Agricultural Law
Future of agriculture? The USDA weighs in
, August 2016
Knowing where “things may be headed” can at least form the basis for proper planning or a comparison for clients who are unsure if they are on pace with the industry.
Temporary nuisance production agriculture in the cross-hairs again
, August 2016
On May 24, 2016, following a three-week trial, a jury in Scott County, Illinois returned a verdict in favor of the hog producer defendants and against ten Plaintiffs who had brought a cause of action for private temporary nuisance relating to odor, flies and dust allegedly caused by a swine livestock management facility. This was the first such trial in Illinois.
Deficiency denied due to delay in the sale of collateral
, May 2016
Once a loan goes bad, the creditor is often left with many avenues and options but little likelihood of a full recovery. But what happens when the creditor’s action, or inaction, becomes an issue?
Des Moines Water Works lawsuit: A Big Splash
, May 2016
A complaint filed last year is asking a federal court to do what no other court or state or federal agency has done: declare farm drainage tile to be a “point source” subject to Clean Water Act regulation.
2014 Farm Bill: Election year
, April 2016
2015 saw the first signups for Price Loss Coverage and Agriculture Risk Coverage under the Agricultural Act of 2014.
The Clean Water Rule: Waters Rage
, April 2016
Although some opponents of the Rule had hoped that the recent omnibus package, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016, would withhold funding from enforcement of the Rule, it did not.
Syngenta: Billions at stake
, March 2016
If you’re a corn farmer in Iowa, you’ve undoubtedly received numerous mailings or phone calls from attorneys seeking to represent you in massive litigation pending against Syngenta.
FAA now requiring registration of drones
, February 2016
As the use of drones for agricultural purposes increases, the need to understand the rules and regulations relating to such use will be a necessity for those attorneys advising farmers and agribusinesses.
Payment eligibility review of estates older than two program years
, January 2016
The policy and procedure set forth in Notice PL270 from the U.S. Department of Agricultural, Farm Service Agency, establishes an important potential limitation on continued eligibility of estates to receive USDA farm program benefits.
Victory for Adams County landowners
, September 2015
Several Adams County landowners recently achieved a legal victory by the dismissal of a complaint in a ruling against Ameren Transmission Company. The case involved the Ameren Three Rivers Project, which is a new 345kv electric transmission line set to run across central Illinois from Missouri to Indiana.
Remembering the “bundle of sticks” law school reprise
, March 2015
Given the recent flurry of oil and gas leasing, coal mining, pipeline proposals and installation, and now overhead electric transmission issues, many attorneys have or need to rethink their approach to real estate deals and begin to understand the true nature of the interest being sold or purchased.
Is there an Oliver Douglas in the house?
, October 2014
“Right-to-farm” laws have been at least partially successful in defeating claims or chilling litigation by new neighbors against established farming operations, especially those cases relying on nuisance as the cause of action.
Piercing the corporate veil—Should farmers care?
, September 2014
Can the corporate veil be pierced to collect a judgment from a non-shareholder? This question was addressed by the Illinois Appellate Court for the First District in Buckley v. Abuzir.