Agricultural Lawyer on Your Side

July 10, 2014.  Attorney Chris Barondeau was recently appointed to the Agricultural Law Section Council with the Iowa State Bar Association (ISBA).  Barondeau will serve a three-year term on the council with 12 other attorneys throughout the state of Iowa. In addition to the Agricultural Law Section Council with the ISBA, Barondeau is also on […]

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July 2, 2014. Time, patience, and communication are key to negotiating an equitable crop share lease agreement. The productivity of the land in question will have a direct impact on the equitable distribution determined through the agreed to crop share lease. The development of an equitable crop share agreement should adhere to several basic principles […]

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June 27, 2014.  Chris Barondeau, Attorney at the Goosmann Law Firm, will be speaking at the National Business Institute‘s Farm Business Law Seminar in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on June 30th, 2014.  Barondeau will be presenting on “Negotiating and Drafting Farm Land Leases” and will provide helpful information on farm share agreements, hunting land leases, […]

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June 26, 2014.  Often time’s farmers and ranchers are content with doing business on the strength of their word and a simple handshake. However, with the increasing complexity of modern agricultural operations, and the varied financial and legal implications, this informal way of conducting business can lead to numerous problems. By drafting complete and comprehensive […]

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June 18, 2014. Multiple industry groups who represent the interest of U.S. food manufacturers have requested a federal judge in Vermont to address Vermont’s new law that seeks to mandate labels for food products containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs). This law is set to take effect on July 1, 2016. Since the recent passage of […]

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June 13, 2014.  The USDA recently announced the awarding of $22.5 million in loans and grants for organizations in nine states. This funding was provided through USDA’s Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant (REDLG) program and is intended to fund projects that create and retain employment in rural areas. Through REDLG funding is provided to […]

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June 3, 2014.  The USDA recently announced pending opportunities for biomass producers and energy facilities to apply for the Renewed Biomass Crop Assistance Program. This opportunity is made available through the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP), which was reauthorized by the 2014 Farm Bill and will resume this summer. Under the recently approved Farm Bill, […]

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May 7, 2014.  The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2014 (H.R. 4432) aims to provide the federal government the ultimate authority to oversee the labeling of foods containing genetically modified ingredients. This is in direct response to repeated efforts by numerous states to enact state based labeling requirements. Including failed attempts by California […]

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April 30, 2014.  The Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation (CALT) at Iowa State University will be offering twice monthly webinars (“The Scoop”) lasting 30 minutes. These webinars will provide great insight into current hot agricultural law issues, recent court cases and new IRS procedures. The webinars will generally be held on Wednesdays and will […]

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April 22, 2014.  Many of USDA’s financing programs involve the use of loans or loan guarantees to help rural businesses grow. However, a substantial number of small businesses are in need of equity support in lieu of, or in addition to, borrowed funds. This new fund will provide USDA the opportunity to introduce private equity […]

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