Four Reasons Why Farmers Should Have Prenuptial Agreements

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Hear me discuss in this short video why farmers (and those marrying them!) should have a prenuptial agreement.

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I Wrote a Children’s Book! Jace Goes to the Farm

Cari Rincker Ag Book Club, Farm Life, General, Journalism services, Press Leave a Comment

This project has nothing to do with law .. but my love for my son, my family’s farm and being a mother.  Last April, I became a mother to a beautiful baby boy.  During my maternity leave, I wrote a children’s book one morning.  It’s a poem about Jace going to my family’s beef cattle farm in Shelbyville, Illinois and …

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6 Considerations for Passing Down a Family Business

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You have spent years building your small business, but have you taken time to consider what will happen to it when you retire, become disabled, or pass away? Although it is often hard to fathom an event that may not occur for many years, it is important to put plans in place in advance. The failure to do so could …

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Family Law Issues in Agriculture: Animal Issues

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Divorces among farm families inherently have animal issues – not only with live animals but also with genetic material (e.g., embryos, semen). These are important property disputes for some farm families. Depending on the state, companion animals can be treated differently. Companion Animals To begin, companion animals typically include dogs and cats, but can also include some exotic animals and …

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Ag Law Today Podcast: Grazing Leases (Episode 1)

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I’m very excited to announce that I have my very own podcast!  It’s called “Ag Law Today” and coordinated and published with the help of Purdue University Extension Education.  Its website is here– and you can watch the podcast feed here. Tiffany Dowell Lashmet from Texas A & M University Extension Education is my guest for the premier podcast – …

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Illinois Agriculture Law: Farm Estate and Succession Planning

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This presentation will be given to the Illinois Beef Association this Thursday in Galina, Illinois, at its annual meeting. It discusses the differences between estate planning, succession planning and business planning. Then it delves into the Who, What, When, Where, How and How Much. It too discusses how to have those difficult conversations and using mediation in this process. [slideshare …

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Illinois Employment Law: Overview of Farm Labor Laws

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This expansive outline on farm labor laws was created for the 2018 Illinois Specialty Crops, Agri-Tourism and Organic Conference in Springfield, Illinois. It covers employment classifications (e.g., employer, employee, independent contractor), unpaid farm labor (e.g., internships, apprenticeships, volunteer farm labor, hiring and firing practices, wage and hour laws (including child labor laws), the Family Medical Leave Act, and employee handbooks.

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An Overview of New York Right to Farm Law

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New York, like most states, has its own “right-to-farm” law.  Unfortunately for neighbors that are complaining of activities that are due to farming, right-to-farm laws serve to protect qualifying farmers and ranchers from nuisance lawsuits filed by individuals who move into a rural area where normal farming operations exist, and who later use nuisance actions to attempt to stop those …

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Lawline Presentation on the Veterinary Feed Directive

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I gave a presentation a few weeks ago on the Veterinary Feed Directive via Lawline. You can listen to the video below; however, if you would like to get a copy of my presentation materials (and get CLE credits for you lawyers!) then please register with Lawline here. I break this presentation into 2 parts:  (1) I review the background …

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A Few Considerations For Stocker Cattle Contracts

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A stocker cattle contract is used when a cattle producer wants to hire someone to feed out the progeny through weaning. There are several issues to consider when a cattle producer hires a stocker feeder after the progeny are weaned. Here are just a few considerations for the stocker cattle agreement: • Feed and Nutrition: This section should include pasture quality …

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What Livestock Producers Should Know About the Veterinary Feed Directive

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In June 2015, the Food & Drug Administration (“FDA”) promulgated the second Veterinary Feed Directive (“VFD”) affecting livestock producers that use medicated feed and water. The final rule became effective in October 2015 transitioning Over-the-Counter (“OTC”) drugs to be VFD through January 1, 2017. This requires veterinarians to have a Veterinary-Client-Patient Relationship (“VCPR”) and use a VFD to prescribe the …

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Upcoming Veterinary Feed Directive Presentation at Lawline

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Happy Columbus Day!  I’m back from Oklahoma from the American Agriculture Law Association (“AALA”) Annual Educational Symposium.  Hopefully you followed along with my tweets from the conference with a #AALA16 hashtag. If you missed my presentation on the Veterinary Feed Directive (“VFD”) last week in Oklahoma then I have good news for you.  I will be giving a webinar on …

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