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On September 26, 2017, Syngenta agreed to settle claims brought by U.S. farmers for bringing Viptera and Duracade corn varieties to market before approval in China. While terms of the settlement are still unknown, news reports have estimated the settlement at around $1.5 billion. Corn growers do not need to sign up with attorneys at this time, unless they opted out of the nationwide class by April 1, 2017. News of the settlement came after weeks of a trial involving about 22,000 Minnesota corn growers seeking $400 million in damages, following a settlement in June where a jury awarded over 7,000 Kansas corn growers $217.7 million in damages. These class action lawsuits currently involve corn growers who priced corn after November 18, 2013, and who did not purchase Viptera or Duracade corn varieties.Read More
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I have previously posted about the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLLP) Rule, as well as the litigation filed over the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) failure to enact the rule.On November 14, 2017 USDA announced a further delay of the effective date of the rule until May 14, 2018.Read More
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Many of you have farm succession plans or estate plans to handle issues related to both on-farm and off-farm heirs. But have you communicated decisions in these plans to both sets of heirs? An interesting case out of North Dakota, Estate of Feldmann v. Evans, addresses that issue. In this case, the Supreme Court of North Dakota agreed that testimony showed the father had gifted all the farm equipment to the on-farm heir, equipment which was not a part of the off-farm heirs’ shares of the estate. The on-farm heir was also entitled to the wheat crop growing on his inherited farmland. The off-farm heirs were only entitled to proceeds from the wheat crop harvested at the time of the dad’s death.
The take-away from this case: families should discuss these issues to make sure that everyone is on the same page, so heirs understand how the property will be treated at death (or when it is gifted to another heir) to reduce tensions and avoid litigation.Read More
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Although I have previously posted about the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime exemption for agriculture, a recent federal court decision requiring a farmer to pay $1.4 million for failure to properly pay workers overtime emphasizes the need for all farmers to fully understand the scope of the exemption.Read More
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