It’s Planning Season

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For each season, there is planning that you must do on the farm. In order to be successful, this planning must be done thoughtfully and in advance. Your life is no different. To properly plan for the next season in your life and the lives of your family, a well-executed estate plan is a must. Below are a few documents …

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Three Estate Planning Mistakes Farmers and Ranchers Make and How to Avoid Them

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Farming or ranching is more than a means of livelihood – it is about preserving a legacy and unique way of life.  Unfortunately, many farmers and ranchers fail to make an estate plan.  The farm or ranch that has been passed down for generations then ends up being sold and converted into non-agricultural use, cutting the legacy short and ending …

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Agriculture Law: Overview of Farm Labor Law Issues

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[slideshare id=86116441&doc=farmlaborlaws-whatyouneedtoknow-180113203306] I gave this presentation last week at the Illinois Specialty Crops, Agri-Tourism and Organic Conference in Springfield, Illinois. It gives an overview of labor and employment law issues that affect farms and small to mid-sized agribusinesses. It discuss employee vs. independent contractor classifications, unpaid labor, hiring practices, minimum wage and overtime, child labor, Family Medical Leave Act, employment …

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Are you a “DBA” in Illinois?

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There are several food and agriculture businesses that are a sole proprietorship or general partnership that operate as a DBA.  For example, my own cattle business is really Cari Rincker d/b/a Rincker Cattle Co.  My parents’ cattle operation is Curt & Pam Rincker d/b/a Rincker Simmentals.  DBA’s are ubiquitous in the food and agriculture industry.  However, have you cross your …

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Mediating the Divorce Involving Livestock and Pets

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I recently co-authored an article on divorce mediation with companion and farm animals along with Debra Vey Voda-Hamilton that was published in the New York State Council on Divorce Mediation‘s quarterly publication.  You can find the history of The Report online here.   I posted the article on my JD Supra page. I am a trained divorce mediator and am …

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Some Thoughts on Operating Agreements for Limited Liability Companies

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If you have decided to form a Limited Liability Company (“LLC”) or Family Limited Liability Company (“FLLC”), you should strongly consider creating an Operating Agreement.  In New York, the Operating Agreement must be executed within 90 days of forming your LLC.  Farms and food entrepreneurs are discouraged from using an online form as the Operating Agreement should be tailored to …

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Save the Date: Farm Employment/Labor Law Webinar on Feb. 20th

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I will be moderating a webinar titled “Overview of Employment and Labor Law for Farms and Ranches” on Wednesday, February 20, 2013  from 2:00- 4:00 ET for the American Bar Association’s General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Division’s Agriculture Law Committee. Other faculty include Rachel Armstrong (Farm Commons), Kimbery Clarke (Varum LLP), Edward Cox (Drake University Agriculture Law Center), Karen Eichman …

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Succession Planning for the Family Farm

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A few months ago, Feedstuffs magazine published an interesting article by Rod Smith discussing the obstacles that young farmers face.  It reminded me of the importance of succession planning for the family farm. “More than a third of U.S. farmers are 65 years old or older, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture” — a statistic that many of us …

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Grow NYC Report on Greenmarket Farmers: “Farmers on the Edge”

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Last month, I had an opportunity to visit with someone at Grow NYC (who runs Greenmarket), who shared this report with me (funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation):  “Farmers on the Edge:  An Assessment of Greenmarket Farmers’ Needs, and the Growing Challenges of Keeping Their Farms Viable.”  I finally had an opportunity to review the report in detail.  It …

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NBI Webinar: Estate Planning for Farmers and Ranchers

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The National Business Institute (“NBI”) will be having a substantive webinar on October 3, 2012 from 11:00am to 6:00pm ET (that’s no typo – it’s a 7 hour webinar…).  It’s a little pricey for a webinar but if you are interested in this topic (like me) then I think it’ll be worthwhile.  Topics for the webinar include the following: (1) …

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ABA Agriculture Law Subcommittees

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As I noted in this previous post, I am the new Chair of the American Bar Association (“ABA”), General Practice, Solo and Small Firm’s Division, Agriculture Law Committee.  You can join the Committee and the Discussion List here.  I have restructured the subcommittees as follows: 1. Ag ADR: mediation, arbitration 2. Ag Estate/Succession Planning, Family Law, and Taxation: estate planning,succession …

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Saturday Links

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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 …

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