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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.
Delta Farm Press recently listened in on Todd Janzen's presentation to Mississippi Farm Bureau about agriculture and technology. Here is the article that followed about the importance of understanding ag data ownership.
The Indiana State Department of Agriculture has unveiled its strategic plan for growing agriculture over the next decade.
A recent Washington Post report about the discovery of fraudulent organic products from a Turkish grain and oilseed handler has sparked concern about trust in the "USDA Organic" label. How confident should consumers be that they are getting what they are paying for?
Janzen Ag Law Blog
Technology. Agriculture. Law.
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.
We are launching a series of short, informative webinars on a variety of ag law topics. Our first video is about becoming Ag Data Transparent.
At the Farm Progess Show this summer, New Holland rolled out a new concept tractor that appeared mostly conventional but had one stand out feature--it runs on methane rather than diesel. My first impression when seeing this was--didn't we have this same concept 50 years ago?
DuPont Pioneer's acquisition of Silicon Valley based Granular might have you wondering: what happens to all that data you tech provider collects when its sold?
Schroeder Ag Law Blog
Leading issues affecting livestock production.
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.
We are launching a new series of short webcasts, designed to be watched during a break in your busy day. This is the second webcast and it addresses zoning tips for livestock operations.
The Indiana Legislature's Interim Study Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources is considering whether any changes should be made to Indiana confined feeding laws.
The Indiana Court of Appeals recently affirmed that a northern Indiana feed and farm supply store can sue a Michigan man in Indiana court for unpaid seed bills. The Appellate Court ruled the court in LaGrange County has personal jurisdiction over Harold Walters, who lives just over the border in Michigan.
Livestock facilities must go through numerous steps in order to operate, including state permit approval and county siting approval. State permit appeals in Indiana are heard by the Office of Environmental Adjudication. Permittees may represent themselves before the OEA, but they do so at their peril.
Livestock facilities in rural areas may be considered "legal nonconforming uses" and therefore be exempt from new zoning ordinances. Indiana law, in particular, gives special protection to agricultural land uses.
"Pesticide drift" is not a new issue, but it has taken center stage this summer as we hear widespread reports of crops damaged by Dicamba. This post suggests the initial steps a farmer should take if they believe their crop has been damaged by another person's Dicamba use.
A major agriculture lawsuit is finally underway in South Dakota. The defendant is ABC Television; the plaintiff is Beef Products, Inc., a South Dakota meatpacker. The lawsuit centers on ABC's repeated use of the phrase pink slime to describe BPI's lean finely textured beef in March 2012. Five years ago, BPI sued ABC in a $1.9 billion defamation suit under South Dakota law.
Farms can be dangerous places. Most agricultural operations are in the full swing of a busy spring, which is a good time to review workplace injury protocol. Do you and your employees know what to do if someone is injured in the field or barn?