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Jury Awards $217.7 Million to Farmers in GMO Case Against Syngenta

Posted by Goosmann Law Team on Jul 3, 2017 8:37:58 AM

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Topics: Agricultural Lawyer on Your Side, Agricultural News and Insights

Lawsuit Brought By Water Utility Could Impact Agricultural Producers

Posted by Goosmann Law Team on Mar 31, 2015 9:05:54 AM

The water utility, Des Moines Water Works, recently brought a lawsuit against the trustees of three surrounding county drainage districts for damages it said it has incurred because of nitrate pollution in Des Moines drinking water. The Complaint alleges that 10 drainage districts located in Sac County, Buena Vista County, and Calhoun County failed to obtain a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit in violation of the Clean Water Act.

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Topics: Agricultural Lawyer on Your Side

Are You an Ag Equipment Dealer? Protect Your Company from a Frivolous Lawsuit

Posted by Goosmann Law Team on Mar 19, 2015 8:30:20 AM

Agricultural equipment is dangerous. There are 500-600 accidental fatalities a year related to tractors alone. Whether it’s self-propelled machines such as tractors and ATVs, handling equipment, or aerial lifts, there is a high risk for accidents to happen if the proper precautions are not taken. That is why it is important for an Ag equipment dealer to take the proper steps to ensure that every machine has been evaluated correctly and every customer is given the opportunity to become knowledgeable in the safety habits and precautions needed to avoid potential accidents.

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Topics: Risk Manager on Your Side, Agricultural Lawyer on Your Side

The Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Water Proposal Continues to Stir Debate

Posted by Goosmann Law Team on Mar 10, 2015 5:49:57 AM

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in conjunction with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, is continuing to pursue a new rule first proposed in the spring of 2014. Under this clean water proposal, the EPA seeks to provide additional clarification as to the definition of “Waters of the U.S.” under the Clean Water Act. The EPA contends that this clean water proposal rule is necessary to clarify the jurisdiction of the EPA and Corps of Engineers respectively in light of Supreme Court decisions in 2001 and 2006.

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Topics: Agricultural Lawyer on Your Side

As an Agricultural Producer, are You Aware of the Major Statutes and Regulations Impacting Your Operation?

Posted by Goosmann Law Team on Feb 24, 2015 6:36:23 AM

Not only must agricultural producers deal, day in and day out, with the practical challenges associated with feeding a growing global population, they must meet these challenges in an environment increasingly regulated by governments, local, state, and federal. It is critically important that agricultural producers stay well-informed on current laws and regulations that can impact their agricultural operation.

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Topics: Agricultural Lawyer on Your Side

Activists Cleared of "Ag-Gag" Charges at Utah Pig Farm

Posted by Goosmann Law Team on Feb 12, 2015 8:28:33 AM

A county attorney in Utah dropped agricultural interference (which animal activists have dubbed "ag-gag") charges against four animal activists who were taking photos at a Utah pig farm in September, according to media reports. The activists, members of Bethesda, Md.-based Farm Animal Rights Movement, pleaded not guilty last week to the charges, filed under a law that prohibits undercover investigations at agricultural facilities.

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Topics: Risk Manager on Your Side, Agricultural Lawyer on Your Side

The EPA and Army Corps of Engineers Withdraw Interpretive Rule

Posted by Goosmann Law Team on Feb 10, 2015 6:59:18 AM

A recent memorandum was executed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Army (Army Corps of Engineers) that withdrew an Interpretive Rule that concerned the applicability of the Clean Water Act to farmers.

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Topics: Agricultural Lawyer on Your Side

Is The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Ready To Allow The Use Of UAVs In Agricultural Applications?

Posted by Goosmann Law Team on Jan 28, 2015 9:11:33 AM

The FAA has Started to Grant Permits to Agricultural Companies for UAV Use in Crop Monitoring

Earlier this month, the FAA granted a permit to allow the use of an unmanned aerial vehicle, a.k.a. "drone" in an agricultural application. The FAA has granted Advanced Aviation Solutions a permit to operate a UAV for purposes of performing crop scouting and to take photographic measurements from above. The FAA still limits the general use of UAVs in agricultural applications. Current rules state that unmanned aerial vehicles are not permitted to fly above 400 feet and must remain in the line of sight of the operator.

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Topics: Agricultural Lawyer on Your Side, Agricultural News and Insights

Ruling Allows FAA to Regulate Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Posted by Goosmann Law Team on Dec 4, 2014 7:06:29 AM

Recent Ruling Allows The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) To Regulate Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, a.k.a. “Drones”

 

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Topics: Agricultural Lawyer on Your Side, Agricultural News and Insights

What Will be the Impact of Iowa’s New Clean Water Rule

Posted by Goosmann Law Team on Nov 19, 2014 10:34:57 AM

As of October 22nd Iowa has implemented a new clean water rule with the intent of increasing inspections of livestock farms and providing stricter enforcement when manure spills pollute waterways. The new rule was implemented after more than a year of review in which the proposed rule went through public hearings, approval of the Iowa Environmental Protection Commission and a legislative rules committee.

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Topics: Agricultural Lawyer on Your Side, Agricultural News and Insights