Agriculture and Food

From my years growing up on the family farm and participating in 4-H, I have developed a real appreciation for agriculture and food and the unique needs that agricultural and food operations face. In my experience, many farmers just want an attorney who understands the farm and how it operates. I am that attorney. Beyond my own experience, I typically meet with farmers at their farms—even while milking cows, combining, or surveying their crops—to get a better understanding of that farmer’s particular issue.

I also believe that all components of the food chain need quality representation. Therefore, I serve all sizes of agricultural and food operations– from the home kitchen to large farming operations, including providing research, advice, planning, administrative appeals and litigation. Here is a representative sample of some of the services that I can provide:

Animal law including livestock/animal cruelty and pet laws.

  • Agricultural lending and, if necessary, financial reorganization.
  • Agritourism issues including petting zones, u-pick operations, and farmers’ markets.
  • Business formation and planning including succession planning.
  • Contract law including livestock/equipment sales and leases.
  • Estate and succession planning including wills, trusts, powers or attorney (medical and general) and pet trusts.
  • Farm labor issues.
  • Farmland sales and purchases including cropland leases and farmland preservation.
  • Food law including food safety labeling, inspection, distribution, and cottage food industry.
  • Insurance review including property, casualty, and crop insurance.
  • Packers and Stockyards Act issues.
  • Regulatory issues including license and discipline/sanction actions.
  • Right-to-Farm Act claims including claims related to urban farming.