You Can't Make Everybody Happy All the Time: the Costco Chicken Story

You Can't Make Everybody Happy All the Time: the Costco Chicken Story

We’ve written before on consumer demand’s impact on agriculture. Non-GMO, organic, cage-free, sustainable, antibiotic-free, lab-grown…there is a long list of products developed to meet new consumer demand. As Costco has been finding out, not all attempts to meet consumer demands can make everybody happy all of the time.

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Row Crops Changing to Meet Consumer Demands

Row Crops Changing to Meet Consumer Demands

Tyson Foods recently announced plans to improve environmental practices on two million acres of corn by the end of 2020. This is another example of consumer demands changing how farmers farm.

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Consumer Demands are Changing Livestock Farms

Consumer Demands are Changing Livestock Farms

Consumers have an endless variety of options at the grocery store these days. How are consumer demands impacting livestock farms?

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Omnibus Bill Removes Livestock Air Emissions Reporting Requirement

Omnibus Bill Removes Livestock Air Emissions Reporting Requirement

The 2018 federal omnibus spending bill fixed the problem caused by a federal court regarding air emissions reporting requirements for livestock operations. 

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Zoning: The "You Can't Do That" Edition

Zoning: The "You Can't Do That" Edition

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.

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Does Running a Dairy Farm Violate Your Neighbor's Religious Rights?

Does Running a Dairy Farm Violate Your Neighbor's Religious Rights?

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.

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Indiana Challenges Massachusetts Livestock & Poultry Law in U.S. Supreme Court

Indiana Challenges Massachusetts Livestock & Poultry Law in U.S. Supreme Court

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. 

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Livestock Air Emissions Reporting: What's Next?

Livestock Air Emissions Reporting: What's Next?

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. 

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Farmer Group Challenges Trump Rollback of GIPSA Rules

Farmer Group Challenges Trump Rollback of GIPSA Rules

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.

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Four Major Federal Agriculture Stories from 2017

Four Major Federal Agriculture Stories from 2017

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. 

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Court Delays Livestock Operations Air Emissions Reporting Requirement

Court Delays Livestock Operations Air Emissions Reporting Requirement

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. 

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10-Minute Webcast: Zoning Tips for Livestock Operations

10-Minute Webcast: Zoning Tips for Livestock Operations

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.

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Indiana Legislative Committee Hears Testimony on Livestock Rules

Indiana Legislative Committee Hears Testimony on Livestock Rules

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.

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The Perils of Representing Yourself Before an Administrative Agency

The Perils of Representing Yourself Before an Administrative Agency

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. 

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