From the producer’s field to the consumer’s plate, our agribusiness attorneys work with all facets of the agribusiness system and its stakeholders.

Our attorneys provide strategic advice and counsel on bringing new and innovative products to market, compliance, litigation, and government relations. We have extensive experience in virtually all regulatory, marketing, and economic investment programs of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), renewable biomass-based energy production, plant and animal health, food safety and labeling and related environmental issues including conservation programs, and climate change initiatives. 

Corporate & Tax

  • business formation, conversion, and governance
  • mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and recapitalization
  • land, equipment and operation financing
  • contracting of inputs and equipment and supply and distribution agreements
  • distributor, reseller and agency agreements
  • day-to-day counsel to farmers’ cooperatives, veterinarian clinics, boarding facilities, dairies and feedlots 
  • income taxation of farm and ranch operations
  • estate and wealth transfer, including succession planning 

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Agribusiness Client Results

Representative Clients and Matters
  • Our Agriculture and Food practice combines a strong grounding in the major programs and minor idiosyncrasies of existing agricultural law in the United States with a thorough awareness of the changing business and competitive landscape. Representative clients and matters include:

    • A coalition of integrated independent dairy producer-handlers, large and small, seeking the right to continued competitive participation in the U.S. dairy market;
    • Investment firms in need of analysis of U.S. agricultural laws on proposed strategic business ventures in areas such as renewable energy from various types of biomass;
    • Certified National Organic Program operations compliance and strategic regulatory counsel;
    • Major seed company on regulatory and litigation matters involving plant protection issues;
    • Plant biotechnology companies on regulatory and commercial matters including product approval and product liability;
    • Major food companies on innovative new product claims requiring regulatory approval;
    • Livestock operations dealing with animal disease outbreaks and conservation programs;
    • Major carrier on compliance with Animal Welfare Act in pet transport business;
    • Foreign entities on U.S. agricultural land ownership reporting requirements; and
    • Multinational agricultural business on U.S. import/export requirements and food import investigations.
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