2014 Farm Bill: Election year
2015 saw the first signups for Price Loss Coverage and Agriculture Risk Coverage under the Agricultural Act of 2014.
“Actual fraud” and the discharge of certain debts in bankruptcy
In Husky International Electronics, Inc. v. Ritz, the Supreme Court’s decision settles a split among certain Circuits as to whether “actual fraud” under §532(a)(2)(A)3 of the Bankruptcy Code requires the debtor to make a false representation, or whether the exception is applicable in the absence of such a false representation where the debtor benefited from a deliberate fraudulent transfer or a fraudulent conveyance scheme.
The Clean Water Rule: Waters Rage
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.
Des Moines Water Works lawsuit: A Big Splash
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.
FAA now requiring registration of drones
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.
Future of agriculture? The USDA weighs in
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.
The GST trust tax trap
This article will attempt to assist lawyers in identifying scenarios where the GST tax may come into play so as to avoid or properly identify this menacing tax on generational wealth transfers.
Make cash rent negotiations less complicated
As cash rent negotiations draw near for many this fall, farmers and landowners should view the process much like school. Those who do their homework are much more likely to fare well compared to those who skip the work and have no plan.
Proposed Section 2704 regulations: Insights straight from the source
On October 29, 2016, Catherine Hughes, Estate and Gift Tax Attorney Advisor in the Office of Tax Policy of the U.S. Department of Treasury, spoke at the Notre Dame Tax and Estate Planning Institute in South Bend, Indiana. Here are the top four takeaways from her discussion.
Syngenta: Billions at stake
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.
Temporary nuisance production agriculture in the cross-hairs again
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.