Section Newsletter Articles on Agricultural Law

My basement is a swimming pool—Can I move an easement to fix it? By Jeffrey A. Mollet Agricultural Law, December 2009 A recent appellate court decision may have an impact on your agricultural client’s access to the property it owns or operates.
New risk management and disaster guides available from FLAG Agricultural Law, December 2009 The following is from a recent press release from Farmers’ Legal Action Group, Inc. (FLAG), a nonprofit law center based in St. Paul, MN, dedicated to providing legal services to family farmers and their rural communities in order to help keep family farmers on the land. Certainly some valuable information for lawyers and farmers alike.
Agricultural law Web sites, newsletters and listservs Agricultural Law, November 2009 A list of a few Internet-based resources that you may want to explore.
Recent case law: Illinois drainage code and the repair and replacement of drain tile By Jeffrey A. Mollet Agricultural Law, November 2009 The recent case of Halpin v. Schultz is an interesting but not unexpected development for real estate and agricultural lawyers.
Biofuels Law and Regulation Conference at the University of Illinois By Christopher J. Miller and Timothy A. Slating Agricultural Law, October 2009 Over the weekend of April 24th - 25th 2009, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign hosted the first annual Biofuels Law and Regulation Conference as a forum for discussing legal issues regarding the development of sustainable, second-generation biofuels.
Wind “farming”—An evolving process Agricultural Law, October 2009 A summary of an e-mail from one of our Section Council members, Jerry Quick, Illinois Farm Bureau counsel, and the digital conversation it generated.
Court upholds USDA’s denial of private company’s request to purchase BSE test kit By Raymond Watson Agricultural Law, September 2009 As a part of its marketing program, Creekstone Farms sought to voluntarily test each of its 300,000 cattle it slaughters each year for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), also known as “mad cow disease.”
Saving Roundup Ready® beans for seed? Trantham, McFarling, and Scruggs say “no” By Donald L. Uchtmann Agricultural Law, September 2009 Can farmers save Roundup Ready® beans for seed without being liable for patent infringement or breach of contract?
Farm Aid 2009 By Jeffrey A. Mollet Agricultural Law, August 2009 Originated in 1985 in response to the farm crisis, Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp have continued to use their fame as a bully pulpit for the agricultural community.
Illinois Family Farm Law Project available to help lower-income farmers By Michael Fiello Agricultural Law, August 2009 The goal of the Illinois Family Farm Law Project is to provide lower-income family farmers with help with their current legal problems and to assist them in avoiding future legal and financial problems.
A new ripple on riparian rights By Edward Brandt Agricultural Law, August 2009 The recent case of Alderson v. Fatlan dealt with a new twist on riparian rights—what rights are there with respect to a man-made private body of water?
Agriculture Secretary Vilsack urges producers to learn about new ACRE program* Agricultural Law, July 2009 For those of you who are advising clients, you need to be aware of this new offering from the USDA and educate yourself about the Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) program before the August sign-up deadline
Support the ISBA Resolution for Congressional Amendment to the Natural Gas Act By Michael A. Mattingly Agricultural Law, July 2009 Over the past several years many property owners throughout the state have faced an issue where energy companies under the Natural Gas Act have received certificates of public convenience issued by the Federal Energy and Regulatory Commission to condemn property.
Claims against a decedent’s non-probate property in Illinois By Joel A. Schoenmeyer Agricultural Law, June 2009 Dealing with claims against an Illinois decedent’s non-probate property is critical in cases where the decedent’s probate estate is insufficient to pay all valid claims, or where no probate estate has been opened for the decedent.
Inside the too-speculative continuum By Alan E. Stumpf Agricultural Law, May 2009 A taxpayer advocating valuation of built in capital gains inside of the too-speculative continuum needs to start his advocacy with an understanding of what a willing buyer and a willing seller will take into account.
Humane care for animals in Illinois By Claire A. Manning and Michael Massie Agricultural Law, April 2009 A counter-view to the article, “Vote For Humane Farming and Nobody Gets (as) Hurt,” published in the May 2008 edition of the ISBA’s Ag Law Section newsletter.
The University of Illinois Energy Biosciences Institute Announces first annual Biofuels Law and Regulation Conference Agricultural Law, April 2009 The First Annual Biofuels Law and Regulation Conference: Incentivizing Second-Generation Biofuels, sponsored by the University of Illinois Energy Biosciences Institute’s (EBI) Biofuels Law and Regulation Program, will be held at the new University of Illinois I-Hotel in Champaign, Illinois on April 24-25, 2009.
Bankruptcy ruling impacts agriculture By James R. Grebe Commercial Banking, Collections, and Bankruptcy, March 2009 On December 2, 2008, the Bankruptcy Court issued an order that provided to the Debtors broad latitude in assuming or rejecting outstanding grain contracts.
The Doctrine of Merger: A vanishing rule Agricultural Law, March 2009 The Merger Doctrine still sees use in the state, although like many common law rules its position has changed over the years. As recently as 2008, the Illinois Supreme Court dealt with a case primarily focused on the doctrine, Czarobski v. Lata, 882 NE2d 536 (Ill 2008).
7th Circuit joins 8th and 9th Circuits in allowing attorney fees for successful NAD appeals* By Lois Wood Agricultural Law, February 2009 The 8th and 9th Circuit Courts of Appeal had previously held that successful National Appeals Division appellants can claim attorney fees. However the USDA had refused to apply those rulings to appellants from outside those two circuits.
Bankruptcy ruling impacts agriculture By James R. Grebe Agricultural Law, February 2009 On October 31, 2008, Verasun Energy Corporation, et al., Debtors, filed a Voluntary Petition for Relief under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code (Title 11 of the United States Code), with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Delaware District, as Case No. 088-12606 (BLS). Verasun Energy Corporation and related entities engage in the business of producing ethanol.
Farmer’s rights as to prepaid farm supplies after the supplier closes its doors By Kenneth R. Eathington Agricultural Law, December 2008 Many farmers prepay their anticipated farm supplies for an upcoming crop year.
Country Roads: Take Me Home? By James R. Myers Agricultural Law, November 2008 A look at the origins of country roads and some of the resulting consequences.
Estate and gift tax changes for 2009 By Mike Drone Agricultural Law, November 2008 Several changes in the estate and gift tax law go into effect in 2009.
Important new decision interprets certain provisions of the Packers and Stockyards Act By Jerry W. Quick Agricultural Law, October 2008 On July 21st the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit handed down its decision in the case of Cody Wheeler; Don Davis; Davey Williams v. Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. [---3rd---, 2008 WL 2789319(C.A.5, Tex)]
Ty/Walk follow-up: Farmer wins elevator case By John W. Damisch Agricultural Law, October 2008 In 2001 Ty/Walk, with grain elevators in Kendall and Will Counties, closed its doors. The Illinois Department of Agriculture took over the elevator operation.
4H and FFA income tax By Paul A. Meints Agricultural Law, September 2008 Your client’s 16-year-old child is involved with the Future Farmers of America (FFA) program at his high school.
The Farmdoc project extends education to farmers, attorneys By A. Bryan Endres, Stephanie B. Johnson, Donald L. Uchtmann, and Scott H. Irwin Agricultural Law, September 2008 The University of Illinois’ Farm Decision Outreach Central, commonly known as the farmdoc project, is an extension program that aims to improve risk-based farm decision-making through education and research.
NEPA and the economic impacts of biotechnology on the food-feed supply chain By A. Bryan Endres and Thomas P. Redick Agricultural Law, September 2008 A brief summary of recent developments in agricultural biotechnology.
Rural lender advantage By Lewis F. Matuszewich Agricultural Law, September 2008 The United States Small Business Administration has introduced a modification of one of its loan programs, specifically designed to foster economic development in rural areas.