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I took this photo at the Texas A & M University Beef Farm near College Station, Texas. (c) 2011

It’s been a busy week.  I have been catching up on my blog feed before heading to the gym.   This is what I found:

This month’s Pennsylvania State Agriculture Law Brief has updates on the G-20 Action Plan, Hydraulic Fracturing, and the White House Rural Council.

I excitedly received a Google+ invite this week from a respected family law colleague (and friend).  Do you think it will “dominate” social networking? Or do you think Google + will be another Google “failure?” (“the wave” never caught on…).  Only time will tell.  I have to say that I’m starting to get a little social media exhaustion …. however, I just put up my Google + profile yesterday and interested to see how it develops/changes social networking.  I’m still trying to figure out the +1 button.  My Google account is (you can GChat me via iChat anytime).

So what do you think about the GIPSA proposed rule?  It was the focus last month during the Senate Ag Committee livestock hearing.

Have you heard about the proposed legislation at the federal level regarding the size of hen cages?  See also this.

Here is some USDA news from the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition.

I enjoyed listening to this podcast about bankruptcy with farm describing the difference between Chapter 11 and Chapter 12 bankruptcy and this podcast about the effect of the bank failures on the family farm.

Curious why food prices are up?

Does your farm need to purchase workers compensation insurance?

I liked this post:  How Your Horse Business Can Survive an IRS Audit.  Here are some thoughts on organizing your tax records.

This is correct.  The Defense of Marriage Act prevents same-sex married couples from filing jointly on federal tax returns.

I took this photo years ago -- it is ranchland outside of Cheyenne, Wyoming. (c) 2011

Are agriculture land values on the decline?

Are you interested in the Food Safety Modernization Act?

Thinking about getting a Last Will and Testament and/or Revocable Living Trust form online?  I agree with this post.  Hire an attorney.  Don’t take chances.  Your assets are too valuable.

I enjoyed this post regarding why savvy entrepreneurs need legal counsel.  Can’t afford not to.

A gentle reminder why contracts can make you money and help get you a good night’s rest.

I agree – I love my iPhone too.

As an attorney who practices family law, I enjoyed this post regarding the tax implications of voluntary spousal support.

This post is  a nice reminder why a Power of Attorney is important.  Do you have one?

So what is an “Article 10” proceeding in New York?  It is a petition under the NY Family Court Act for child neglect/abuse.

Finally, I liked this post about why we have zoning ordinances.  Sometimes it’s good to remind ourselves why we have certain regulatory mechanisms put in place.

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