Top Legal Developments in 2017: A Joint Podcast with Ag Law in the Field


Top Legal Developments Pod

In this episode, Paul is joined by Tiffany Lashmet from Texas AgriLife Extension to discuss the top legal issues in agriculture for 2017.  This is a joint podcast with Ag Law in the Field. Continue reading

Recording of Identical Livestock Brands in Different Locations Violated State Branding Law

Branding law

Photo in image by Colin Brown and shows brand after applied.

In this episode, Paul discusses a recent decision out of Arizona interpreting the state’s branding law.  The Supreme Court of Arizona held that the state’s branding law did not allow for registering identical brands even if used at different locations. Continue reading

Absolute Pollution Exclusion in Insurance Policy Excludes Damage From Manure

manure as a pollutant

Photo in image by Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center and shows slurry dairy manure being applied to the surface of a pasture.

In this episode, Paul discusses a recent federal district court decision that found that an insurance policy with an absolute pollution exclusion excluded damage caused by manure.  The insurance company was also found to have no duty to defend the insured party.  This decision involves the Cow Palace Dairy that had earlier settled claims that manure had leaked into groundwater and agreed to clean up costs associated with the damage.   Continue reading

Wyoming’s Data Trespass Statute Violates the First Amendment of the Constitution


data trespass ruling

In this episode, Paul discusses a recent 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling holding that Wyoming’s Data Trespass law violated the First Amendment of the U.S. Constutition.  This law has been seen by many to be a version of an ag-gag law.  Paul also gives producers tips on what can be done that is still constitutional.   Continue reading

Maryland Circuit Court Rules That County Pesticide Ordinance Preempted By State Laws

montgomery county ordinance

Image by Montgomery County Planning Commission.  Image shows barley almost ready for harvest.

In this episode, Paul discusses a recent decision, Complete Lawn Care, Inc. v. Montgomery County, that found that Montgomery County’s pesticide ordinance was preempted by state law.  The ordinance created a new class of pesticides that could only be sold in the county when used on private property and county-owned property for cosmetic purposes.  The ordinance contained a number of exemptions including one for agriculture.  The court found the law was preempted by state laws related to pesticide use.  Materials discussed in this episode: Continue reading

Two Class Action Complaints Filed Focused on Monsanto Dicamba Resistant Varieties and New Dicamba

dicamba drift class actions

Image includes aerial application of pesticide by Edwin Remsberg

In this episode, Paul discusses two recently filed class action lawsuits focused damage caused from dicamba drift.  The two lawsuits are seeking damages from Monsanto for bringing the Roundup Ready 2Xtend varieties to market before the new dicamba was approved by EPA.  Materials discussed in this episode: Continue reading

When is a Farmer Not a Farmer? Tax Court Case Highlights Complexity in Federal Tax Law

conservation easement case

Image includes aerial photo of Bloomfield Farm in Queen Anne’s County, Maryland.  Aerial photo is by Chesapeake Bay Program

In this episode, Paul discusses a recent tax court decision, Rutkoske v. Commissioner, that disallowed two brothers from taking 100 percent deduction for a charitable donation of a conservation easement.  The brothers, in this case, had income from the sale of the farmland in question and from a sale of the conservation easement.  That income did not count towards the gross farm income but towards gross other income.  The brothers could only claim 50 percent of the charitable donation.  Materials discussed in this episode: Continue reading