Apr 19, 2017

What to Expect from Congress in 2017

Ag priorities on the line with a Republican-held House of Representatives and Senate

Nov 8, 2016

The Run up to a New Farm Bill

Congressional hearings to begin in 2017, with many challenges ahead

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Jun 8, 2016

Providing an Upside in a Down Market

Legal considerations for incorporating upfront premiums and contingent delivery
obligations into grain origination programs

Apr 19, 2016

Issues and Trends for Food and Agriculture 2016

U.S.-Cuba relations, TPP approval and GMO labelling are set to take center stage this year

Feb 2, 2016

Grains See Gains from TPP

But the outlook remains murky as key Congress members oppose it

Nov 11, 2015

Buyers Beware: Fall Payment Terms and Secured Creditors

How to avoid risks from procuring grain from debt-saddled producers

May 28, 2015

Key Factors For Reaching Final Agreement On The Trans-Pacific Partnership

The massive TPP trade agreement talks have been ongoing since 2012.

Apr 21, 2015

Commodity Contract Confirmations: ‘To Sign or Not to Sign’

In comparison to many transactions in the business world, grain and feed ingredient purchase and sale transactions are fairly informal. In many respects, grain and ingredient trades remain relatively straightforward and largely result from casual telephone conversations followed by a short written confirmation.

Mar 5, 2015

New Interim Guidance Regarding Patent Subject Matter Eligibility

Patentable subject matter has increasingly become a contentious topic in the USPTO as well as all levels of courts, including the Supreme Court of United States. All industries relying on patent protection to further their commercial interests ...

Feb 22, 2015

Don’t Let Workers’ Comp Stunt Bottom-line Growth

How pre-employment screening, transitional duty planning saves on insurance premiums

Feb 18, 2015

Agriculture and Technology: Is Privacy Really an Issue?

As populations have grown and spread throughout the world, so has the demand for better food production and distribution, faster communication methods, and easier access to and analysis of information. In just a few short years, technology has substantially changed the face of both agriculture and privacy.

Oct 16, 2014

Avoiding a Bumper Harvest Train Wreck

A primer on demands for adequate assurance of performance in the grain trade.

Sep 23, 2014

Confined Spaces: More to Consider Than You Think

Instruct employees to first assess temperature, atmosphere and operator’s skill set.

Apr 28, 2014

Winter Checkup — Affordable Care Act Readiness

Employers have an opportunity to use the additional time created by the one-year delay in the employer shared responsibility (also referred to as the play or pay) mandate to gauge ACA compliance readiness.

Apr 16, 2014

A Moving Target: The Food Transportation Rule

The last of seven major proposed rules mandated by the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the sanitary transportation rule is a real straggler in more ways than one.

Jan 3, 2014

Familiar Feeling of Well-guarded Optimism with Farm Bill Prospects

The last few weeks of November saw great promise on Farm Bill passage fade into familiar skepticism, as issues related to both policy and politics continued to impede progress of the conference committee. House Republican leadership had set a deadline of Dec. 13 for Farm Bill conferees to bring a conference- negotiated bill to the House floor, a deadline that seemed all but out of reach when conference committee leaders halted their negotiations before the Thanksgiving break without agreement on a framework for final legislation.

Sep 12, 2013

Trade Partners, Industry Not Warm to COOL

Multiple consumer and industry groups have sought to intervene in the suit in favor of the revised rules. The Plaintiffs have filed a motion for a preliminary injunction, seeking to halt the implementation of the rule before it causes further damage to the industry. The motion was denied on Sept. 11, 2013. In denying the Plaintiffs’ motion for a preliminary injunction, the Court held that the Plaintiffs failed to demonstrate a likelihood of success on the merits or irreparable harm. The case will proceed as to the merits, but as of this writing no trial date has been established.

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