Country roads: Who owns them?
After searching the records at the courthouse and at the county superintendent’s office, the sellers’ attorney should be able to determine whether the road or roads in question were established by statute or by a dedication that conforms with the Illinois Plat Act.
Expiration of biotech crop patents—Issues for growers
The patent expiration of the first generation of Roundup Ready soybean trait in 2014 will be the first time that a major biotech trait will become potentially subject to competition with generic traits.
Federal agency backs off—Operators of farm vehicles not subject to CDL requirements
On May 31, 2011, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issued a Notice seeking public comment on three issues relating to the applicability of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations to operators of farm vehicles. Many farm operators and agricultural groups interpreted the Notice as an attempt to require Commercial Driver’s Licenses for operators of ag equipment.
ISBA Listserves are Internet discussion groups which allow members to pose questions to and share answers with other lawyers. Here are some guidelines to follow when posting information.
Painting a solution to Illinois’ trespassing problems
Governor Quinn recently signed legislation amending the Purple Paint Law, allowing landowners to mark trees or posts with purple paint to signify "no trespassing" instead of the traditional posted sign.
Rising farmland values: Causes and cautions
The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, on November 15, 2011, will hold a one-day Conference on the factors contributing to the large increase in agricultural land values and cash rental rates in the Midwest.
Rising farmland values: Causes and concerns
The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago will hold, on November 15, 2011, an all-day Conference to explore the factors contributing to a large increase in agriculture land prices and agricultural cash rental rates in the Midwest.
Selected developments in ag law
Five interesting developments involving farmers' forward contracts, the Illinois Grain Insurance Fund, livestock and the Agricultural Exemption to the Illinois Workers' Compensation Act.