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$50 Million Nuisance Verdict Against Hog Farm: Bellweather Verdict or Fluke?

Posted in Farm Management, Property Rights

In late April, a federal jury in North Carolina awarded $50,000,000 in punitive damages and $750,000 in compensatory damages to 10 neighbors of a hog facility contracted with Murphy-Brown, a subsidiary of the Smithfield Foods system.  The court subsequently reduced … Continue reading

Turning Friends into Foes: Legal Fallout from Monsanto’s Dicamba

Posted in Biotechnology, Crop Damage Claims, Government Regulations

Monsanto’s dicamba has turned friendly neighbors into legal foes due to crops damaged by dicamba’s inability to stay where it is supposed to be.   With the soybean harvest basically complete, we are seeing more and more claims filed and litigation … Continue reading

Pulled from the Swamp: EPA Wetland Determination Now Judicially Reviewable

Posted in Government Regulations, Water Law

Landowners and developers bogged in an EPA wetland determination were recently thrown a life line when the United States Supreme Court determined The Army Corps of Engineer’s (Corps) “jurisdictional determinations” (JD) regarding wetland designations are reviewable by the court.  United … Continue reading

Insuring Additional Acres? The Number of Acres Added May Affect Your Coverage

Posted in Crop Insurance, Farm Management, Government Regulations

  Farm land does not change hands very often but when it does the acquiring operator should keep in mind the rules which may affect the operator’s crop insurance benefits covering the newly added land. Failing to understand and abide … Continue reading

Crop Insurance Claim Denied? Steps to Take Before Weathering the Arbitration Storm

Posted in Crop Damage Claims, Crop Insurance, Farm Management, Government Regulations

  Every year, certain portions of the Midwest get pounded by bad weather causing bad yields or outright crop loss.  This year, several states encountered above average rainfall preventing several million acres from being planted.  At one point this summer, … Continue reading