Recently USDA announced the Market Facilitation Program (MFP) to assist producers due to the ongoing trade disputes. To assist producers understand the MFP process, Olivia Kuykendall and Paul Goeringer with the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics have recently released a fact sheet covering this issue.Read More
At the Agriculture Law Education Initiative (ALEI) we tell farmers not to sign any legal agreements unless they have read them and understand them. This advice can be difficult to follow when contracts have confusing contractual language such as “to indemnify, hold harmless and defend.” Understanding what this language means will help a contracting party to decide if it is something he should or should not agree to in future contracts.Read More
The House and Senate have passed their respective Farm Bills and the members of the conference committees have been chosen. As we await the first conference committee meetings in early September, the UMD Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics will be posting guides to help readers understand proposed changes to the Farm Bill, differences between the House and Senate versions and how these changes or differences can practically impact you and/or the population you serve. Current guides cover topics in the Commodities and Nutrition titles of the Farm Bill including Dairy, other commodities programs, SNAP work requirements, SNAP-Ed, EFNEP, Emergency food Assistance, the use of EBT for online purchases, and programs that promote healthy eating and combat food insecurity.Read More
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If you raise poultry or livestock, you’ve probably been following our coverage of the litigation surrounding the EPA’s 2008 rule exempting farms from reporting air emissions under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) and the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA). Following much confusion and plenty of vexation on the part of producers, in what appears to be the final word on the subject pursuant to Congress’ passage of the FARM Act, on August 1, 2018, EPA published a final rule revising the CERCLA reporting regulations. Under the rule, air emissions from animal waste at a farm are exempt from reporting under CERCLA. In addition, air emissions from animal waste at farms do not need to be reported under EPCRA.Read More
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Right-to-farm laws have been in the news this summer. North Carolina has seen multi-million dollar verdicts against Smithfield Foods for nuisances caused by hogs farm contracting with Smithfield. At the same time this summer, Iowa has seen a challenge to overturn prior rulings that the state’s right-to-farm is unconstitutional in certain situations. In Honomichi, the Iowa challenge involves two hog farms that neighboring landowners claimed negligent operation and nuisances. The district court agreed that with the neighbors that Iowa’s right-to-farm law was unconstitutionally in this case. On appeal, the Iowa Supreme Court agreed with the hog farms that the district court had failed to apply any facts to the claim the law was unconstitutional. The decision was reversed and sent back to the district court.Read More