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2015 Articles

Court opinions of interest By Jeffrey A. Mollet December 2015 Recent decisions of interest to agricultural law practitioners.
Helping a client deal with a dishonest employee By Jeffrey A. Mollet February 2015 Some tips for advising clients who need to investigate an employee's conduct.
IRS announces new estate and gift tax requirements By Charles G. Brown December 2015 An explanation of the recent changes you need to be aware of.
The missing link: Farmers’ class action against Syngenta may answer legal questions left after the StarLink and LibertyLink litigation By Lisa R. Schlessinger & A. Bryan Endres February 2015 Although the increasingly vocal debate over the labeling of food containing genetically modified  organisms has captured most of the public and agricultural community’s recent attention, two other controversies working their way through the court system may have an equally significant impact on farming and coexistence.
Observations of an old country lawyer…. or, cows and dogs sleeping together…. By Edward T. Graham April 2015 A discussion of current "dog-bite" and "cow-in-the-road" statutes and caselaw.
Once a road, always a road—right? By Jeffrey A. Mollet April 2015 A look at the recent case of Chamness v. Mays.
Remembering the “bundle of sticks” law school reprise By Jeffrey A. Mollet 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.
Update on the 2014 Farm Bill: Decisions for farm owners and producers By Jonathan Coppess March 2015 This article reviews the commodity support and crop insurance programs contained in the 2014 Farm Bill with particular emphasis on the decisions required of or available to farm land owners and producers.
USDA encourages producers to consider risk protection coverage before fall crop sales deadlines September 2015 The 2014 Farm Bill expanded NAP to include higher levels of protection.
Victory for Adams County landowners By Christopher M. Webb 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. This project spans a length of over 330 miles and includes nine transmission line segments with substations. It is the largest project in Ameren’s history at an estimated cost of $1.1 billion.