New farm bill: What are the topics of discussion?By Jeffrey A. MolletJune 2018The House Committee on Agriculture recently approved the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, which will address the economic challenges facing farmers and ranchers and make investments in opportunities for SNAP recipients.
Pet custody is coming to Illinois: Who will get Fido in the divorce?By Marie K. SarantakisFebruary 2018Six out of every 10 U.S. households own a pet. Almost five out of 10 of married couples file for divorce. Consequently, it should be no surprise that a significant percentage of our population faces legal difficulties as to who will keep the family’s furry child when spouses move in to separate residences.
So you want to be an urban farmer?By George D. MauridesNovember 2018Both houses of the state legislature recently passed HB3418 amending the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois to allow the Department of Agriculture to provide for the creation of municipal urban agricultural areas.
An update on the companion animal Good Samaritan lawBy Melissa A. MayeAugust 2018This year, Illinois failed to become the thirteenth state to enact a Good Samaritan law, which would allow a person to break into a vehicle to rescue a companion animal that is noticeably in distress under certain circumstances.