Compliance with DOL and Immigration Laws and Regulations for Agricultural Businesses


The financial stability of farming operations throughout the United States is heavily dependent on the proper employment of foreign agricultural workers.  Understanding the  law and regulations applicable to the hiring of those workers can be a daunting task, even for those operations who regularly use foreign agricultural workers.  For example, U.S. farmers who have H-2A workers or are considering utilizing the H-2A Visas for foreign agriculture workers must comply with U.S. Department of Labor and Immigration laws and regulations …

2018 Farm Bill Outlook


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With net farm income in the U.S. falling to a 12-year low, there are very real challenges in the farm economy. The 2018 Farm Bill will seek to provide much needed relief to farmers and ranchers by improving farm safety net programs, revisiting conservation programs, and potentially making reforms in nutrition programs. Dr. Newton will provide an outlook on the 2018 Farm Bill and highlight some of the key policy issues identified by American Farm Bureau Federation’s Farm Bill …

Cottage Food Laws: Adequately Addressing Food Safety and Economic Opportunity?

Nearly every state in the U.S. has a cottage food law that allows entrepreneurs to produce certain food products in their homes with little regulatory oversight.  Many applaud these laws for creating opportunities for producers to generate income from small scale production of foods that have a low food safety risk.  Others argue, however, that cottage food laws impose needless restrictions that impede entry into the food market without a valid public health and safety purpose.  There is notable variation …

Oct. 4 Webinar: Legal Issues With Ag Data (Big and Small)


With the explosion of “Big Data” has come a lot of speculation about the benefits of new data tools, along with a lot of concerns.  This webinar will work to separate some fact from fiction by starting with an explanation of just exactly what “Big Data” means, and the legal framework for handling farmers’ ownership of the data they generate, and answer the question of whether data can even be “owned.”  The discussion will also cover the legal issues …

Taking Biosecurity Measures to Limit Your Legal Liability for the Spread of Avian Influenza


Photo by Edwin Remsberg

The possibility of an avian influenza (AI) outbreak on the Delmarva is a scary possibility. The recent AI outbreak in the Midwest has resulted in the infection of over 48 million birds on 223 farms. Infected birds are euthanized to help contain the disease, resulting in large economic loss to both the grower and integrator. With this in mind, poultry growers and companies often have questions about potential liability if AI breaks out on one farm

Basics of the Endangered Species Act


Basics of the Endangered Species Act

Sponsored by the Agricultural and Food Law Consortium


The Endangered Species Act (“ESA”) protects species identified as endangered or threatened with extinction and attempts to protect the habitat on which they depend.  It does so by preventing the “take” of listed species, as well as the ensuring that the species’ critical habitat is protected from modification or degradation.

Because there are no specific agricultural exemptions to the law, and because agriculture is such …

Christy Anderson Brekken


Christy Anderson Brekken is an Instructor and Research Associate in the Department of Applied Economics at Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon. She received her law degree from the University of Minnesota in 2005, then completed a Master’s degree in Agricultural and Resource Economics at Oregon State University in 2011.

From 2003 to 2006, Christy  was a law clerk at Farmers’ Legal Action Group in St. Paul, MN, where she did legal research and writing on topics affecting family farmers. She …

Elizabeth Rumley, Senior Staff Attorney, National Agricultural Law Center

Beth Rumley was raised on a small family farm in Ida, Michigan. She attended Michigan State University, where she was an active competitor, president, and captain of the Mock Trial team that participated in competitions across the Midwest. She also interned in the chambers of Magistrate Judge Virginia M. Morgan, United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan. After graduating from MSU in 2004, Beth returned home and commuted to law school at the University of Toledo, where she graduated …

Ag & Food Law CoP Management Team: the Agricultural & Food Law Consortium


Led by the National Agricultural Law Center, the Agricultural & Food Law Consortium is a national, multi-institutional collaboration designed to enhance and expand the development and delivery of authoritative, timely, and objective agricultural and food law research and information.  The Consortium is the leadership for the eXtension Ag & Food Law CoP and manages the CoP. If you are a licensed attorney who would like to be a member of the Ag & Food Law CoP, please contact Rusty Rumley, …