Find Lawyers in Arkansas, United States for Agriculture Law
Trav Baxter focuses his practice on business tax planning, trust and estates, and agriculture law. He provides counsel to individuals and business entities in the areas of estate planning, tax advice, administration of trusts and estates, formation and operation of business entities and succession planning. With a family background in agriculture, Trav assists agriculture clients in various matters including property management, formation and operation of agriculture business entities, tax ad...
Vince Chadick maintains a commercial law practice, representing corporate, public, and individual clients in matters of litigation and regulatory compliance. Mr. Chadick has appeared before state and federal courts, and administrative agencies, in at least six states and the District of Columbia; and has handled in excess of 50 trials (including more than 20 jury trials). He has also argued before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and the Arkansas Supreme Court. Over the past t...
Morril Harriman focuses his practice on government relations. He advises clients in their dealings with the Arkansas Legislature, legislative committees, state regulatory agencies and other governmental bodies. Morril has decades of experience in public service having served for 16 years in the Arkansas State Senate and eight years as Chief of Staff for Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe. He served for six years as president of The Poultry Federation, a multi-state trade association. In addition, M...
Jordan Wimpy is an environmental lawyer with a dynamic practice covering issues across the spectrum of environmental, agricultural, energy and natural resources law. He regularly represents trade associations, utilities and business clients in administrative rulemaking matters and all aspects of the environmental permitting, compliance and enforcement processes. He also provides counsel to agricultural producers and landowners regarding agricultural conservation programs, conservation easemen...
Agriculture Law Definition
Agricultural law encompasses a vast group of specialties applied to the complex and ever-changing market, business, and regulatory concerns faced by individuals and businesses in the food and agriculture industry. Agriculture and food law clients range from crop producers, livestock producers, dairy producers, and cooperatives; to the businesses that serve producers’ needs such as agricultural equipment manufacturers and dealers, agricultural finance and equity capital providers, animal health innovators, crop input providers, transportation firms, and energy producers; to the grain handlers and processors, food technology companies, and even restaurants, creating, using, and distributing the end products of agriculture. Given the broad range of agriculture and food client types, the concerns faced by those different client types vary, and agriculture law reflects the application of transactional, strategic planning, and litigation legal work to those concerns.
Food and agriculture industry clients frequently have questions in diverse legal areas such as real estate, contract, environmental, import/export compliance, tax, insurance, estate and succession planning, intellectual property, labor and employment, equity funding, legislation, business formation, and litigation. Agricultural law also encompasses assisting clients to influence the creation of policy and to navigate existing regulations administered by various federal, state, and local agencies, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, local soil and water conservation districts, and state boards of health. Agricultural law addresses international concerns such as govern livestock import, grain and other processed food export, patent and trademark protection in foreign jurisdictions, foreign business licenses and taxation, and immigration of skilled workers.
Attorneys practicing in the food and agriculture industry may have a diverse range of experience in many of these legal and regulatory fields. More likely, however, agricultural law attorneys focus on one particular type of law and concentrate on assisting food and agriculture clients with needs in that focus area. Agricultural law attorneys also may focus on helping clients deal with issues raised in particular areas of food and agriculture, such as confined feeding operations, food labeling, water rights, or competitive advertising. Food and agriculture clients with sophisticated legal needs can benefit from a team approach in which a group of attorneys experienced in particular areas is assembled to ensure that all aspects of a client’s legal needs are met, while minimizing the chance that a decision in one particular legal area or jurisdiction will negatively affect the client’s position in another.
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