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It's one of the most- and least-connected industries out there. While agriculture has remained one of the least digitized sectors, there is a bountiful harvest of data that could give some economic leverage back to the farmer. But what will it take for farmers to invest?
Brianna Schroeder and Todd Janzen have both been recognized by Super Lawyers as top rated attorneys in their fields.
We are seeing the most drastic changes in how milk is sold and purchased since FDR's New Deal established national milk marketing orders. To help dairy farmers better understand these changes, Todd Janzen presented a live webinar with the National Ag Law Center on January 16, 2018. You can view a recording of the webinar by visiting the Center's website and following the links.
Janzen Ag Law defended an Indiana dairy against a challenge to its zoning approval by a rural summer camp. On January 16, 2018, the Indiana Court of Appeals issued an order upholding the county's decision to permit the dairy's construction.
We recently read an editorial in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette calling for greater regulation of livestock farms. Here is our response.
Senator Jerry Moran (KS), Chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science and Technology Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance, and Data Security – questioned a panel of witnesses including Todd Janzen about potential benefits of advancements in agricultural technology and the collection and utilization of data in farming.
"The dicamba lawsuit line begins with Bill Bader and his claims of extensive crop damage, but take a number because the queue is growing longer as more farmers file complaints against BASF and Monsanto," writes Chris Bennett for Farm Journal.
Todd Janzen wrote an editorial for the recent issue of Progressive Dairyman titled: Who Owns Your Ag Data? Migrate over to Progressive Dairyman to read more or follow the link below for a reprint of the article.
In a recent issue of Delta Farm Press, Todd Janzen discusses the use of robots on the farm and what obstacles remain in place befor bringing autonomous vehicles to the field.
On July 11, 2017, the Circuit Court in Fayette County, Indiana issued an opinion affirming the Rush County Board of Zoning Appeal's decision to grant a special exception to an Indiana dairy farm. Todd and Brianna represented the dairy farm in front of the BZA and on appeal.
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Qualcomm is building the next generation of chips to run on a 5G network. These have enormous possibilities for ag technology. Will the US be ready to harness these 5G devices when they arrive or will innovation move elsewhere?
The first load of soybeans was recently transported using blockchain to simplify the transaction.
Here are my predictions for the ag tech buzzwords we'll be talking about in 2018.
Here's a look back at the four biggest ag law and technology stories from 2017.
For the most part, as long as driverless machinery stays in the field and off of public roads, there are few regulations that prevent these new technologies. But there are some exceptions.
Janzen Ag Law has hit another milestone as we enter our third year. Every small business knows that each anniversary is special. As I reflect back on the past year, here is a blog post from the past that reflects my thoughts today: Leadership is Hard Work.
During a recent webinar, an audience member asked: "Can a machine track and send data to the manufacturer without the owner's consent?" I think you could even broaden this question to ask: "Can a machine can send data to a manufacturer without the owners' knowledge?"
On November 14, 2017, I will be testifying before the US Senate's Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance and Data Security.
Like you, my personal information was compromised in the recent Equifax data breach. Are ag tech providers prepared for the day when this happens to them?
A recent ruling on a case involving LinkedIn's collection of user data helps answers some, but not all, of our questions about how the law will ultimately treat ag data.
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Specialty crops, like hops farms, deserve special attention. This post explains three important tasks a new or established hops farm should complete to ensure it is well-protected.
On January 19, 2018, the EPA requested another 90-day delay to the federal air emissions reporting requirement under CERCLA. The Court granted the request, extending the effective date of the mandate until at least May 1, 2018.
On January 16, 2018, the Indiana Court of Appeals upheld a county decision to allow a dairy to build a new farm in rural Rush County. The Court rejected arguments made by a nearby camp that the dairy's special exception would violate its religious rights.
Indiana is leading a group of states in a lawsuit against Massachusetts over a new livestock and poultry law requiring any pork, veal, or eggs sold in the state to be derived from animals raised with space to turn around and lie down without touching an enclosure.
A federal court stayed the mandate requiring many livestock producers to report air emissions from manure until January 22, 2018. We are awaiting further guidance from EPA. In the meantime, here is what others are saying.
Livestock producers are not yet required to report air emissions under the Clean Air Act, but that will soon change. On January 22, 2018, this new obligation for farms is expected to take effect.
On December 14, 2017, a farmer group filed a federal lawsuit challenging the Trump administration's rollback of two controversial GIPSA rules intended to protect individual farmers.
I recently read an article called "Do You Care If Your Fish Dinner Was Raised Humanely?". It got me thinking: was aquaculture the next industry to be targeted by animal activists? All signs point to yes.
The past 365 days have been a wild ride, complete with major changes to federal programs relied on by farmers and ag businesses. Four federal stories dominated 2017: WOTUS, NAFTA, GIPSA, and Air Emissions.
A November 15, 2017 deadline for livestock operations to report air emissions was delayed by a federal court. The reporting requirements are delayed until at least January 22, 2017. Hold off on any reporting until we hear more from the Court and/or the EPA.