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Our summer law clerk, Nick Whitten, writes a guest blog post trying to make sense out of the current tariffs and their effects on soybean prices.
We think it is important for ag lawyers to get out of the office and visit real farms. So recently we did just that and visited a couple modern grain and livestock farms.
A recent issue of Progressive Dairyman contained an article based upon a presentation by Todd Janzen about how dairy supply contracts are changing. As consumers demand more information about their dairy products, more farmers are entering into direct supply contracts with processors.
Brianna Schroeder was recently quoted in Farm Journal's article about a dispute between a dairy farm and nearby church camp.
Todd Janzen was interviewed by AgPro about the Agricultural Data Act of 2018 and how it might help reform USDA's data collection practices.
Congratulations to Brianna Schroeder for being chosen for Class 18 of the Indiana Ag Leadership program.
Want to know more about the Ag Data Transparent project? Listen to Brownfield Ag News interview Todd Janzen about what the project means for agriculture.
Does the beef industry have anything to fear from the new fake-meat alternatives? We tested the Impossible Burger to find out.
Farmers using John Deere’s digital interface Operations Center have an extra level of assurance that their data won’t be used against them or inappropriately shared now that the farm equipment heavyweight has obtained the Ag Data Transparent (ADT) Certification.
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?
Janzen Ag Law Blog
Technology. Agriculture. Law.
I just returned from InfoAg 2018 and have a few observations to share.
The 2018 Farm Bill provides a unique opportunity for USDA to transform the way that is collects and uses ag data. I recently co-authored an article for AGree on how USDA can harness ag data to improve farm policy.
A number of farm organizations in the European Union have developed a Code of Conduct on Agricultural Data Sharing by Contractual Agreement. This post takes a closer look at some of the key concepts.
John Deere recently filed suits against AGCO and Precision Planting claiming that their high-speed planting technologies infringe on Deere's ExactEmerge patents. What are Deere's claims against Precision Planting and AGCO? What are the possible outcomes?
MyDairyDashboard has become the first livestock data company to earn the Ag Data Transparent seal of approval.
The US is still long ways from adopting a GDPR style regulation that applies across the country to protect data privacy, but what parts of GDPR are a step in the right direction for ag tech?
Should a US or Canadian ag data platform--whose farmers are located only in North America--become GDPR compliant? Here are the questions you should ask to determine the answer.
With the deadline looming from for compliance the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), ag data companies may be wondering whether their privacy policies need to be in compliance with the EU's regulation. This post answers the threshold question: Does the GDPR apply to collection of ag data in North America?
More ag tech providers should take the time to develop ag data use policies with their customers. This post explains how.
Facebook's recent privacy breach has made me wonder whether these same missteps could happen to an ag tech provider. What should we learn from what happened?
Schroeder Ag Law Blog
Leading issues affecting livestock production.
The Indiana Court of Appeals just issued an opinion holding that a neighbor did not have “standing” to appeal variances because he did not show he was “aggrieved.” This case could be important for farmers whose neighbors want to appeal a zoning approval.
Last week I drove to beautiful Monroe County, Indiana to present at an Indiana Winery and Vineyard Association annual meeting. We met at Creekbend Vineyard, Oliver Winery's commitment to producing wine from Indiana-grown grapes.
Crop share agreements are more flexible than the fixed cash rent lease. There are benefits and drawbacks to this type of farm contract, including tax liability and risk allocation.
A cash rent lease is a fixed agreement in which a landowner receives a fixed payment from the farmer to rent the farmland. There are pros and cons to this most widely used farm lease.
I gave a presentation about farm leases this week to a national group of attorneys. I'm sharing some of my presentation here on the blog in case it can help our clients and friends when negotiating their own leases.
As of 2018, grape growers are required to adhere to the Food Safety Modernization Act ("FSMA") Produce Rule if they sell grapes to wineries. However, most grape growers will qualify for an exemption.
On April 26, 2018, a North Carolina jury awarded 10 plaintiffs a total of $50 million in punitive damages and $750,000 in compensatory damages for damages allegedly caused by a nearby hog farm. What does this mean for other livestock producers?
The 2018 federal omnibus spending bill fixed the problem caused by a federal court regarding air emissions reporting requirements for livestock operations.
Recently we've seen a few counties consider blocking livestock development. But barring the construction of of livestock farms in rural areas often is legally suspect.
I recently attended a whole hog butchering class here in Indianapolis, which closed the gap between farmer, butcher, and consumer.