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Agricultural Law News

August 24, 2022

In this issue:



   Farmer with dirt and money in hands   

How the Inflation Reduction Act Impacts Farmers

Michael C. Zahrt

The Inflation Reduction Act became law as of August 16, 2022. The Act is another sprawling “reconciliation” bill, coming in at 730 pages. Within that text are a number of provisions that will directly impact the agribusiness industry. This article briefly highlights those provisions...

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Litigation 101 - What Happens in a Lawsuit?

Mark T. Koerner

Litigation can cause anxiety for just about anyone, whether you are being sued, or you find yourself in a position where you have to sue someone else. A general understanding of the litigation process can help relieve some of that anxiety. This article is a general outline of the litigation process in case you find yourself in a situation where you have been sued or you need to sue someone else...

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Michigan Livestock Expo

Congratulations to all the 2022 Michigan Livestock Expo participants. This year's Sale-abration was outstanding, Foster Swift was a Supreme Sponsor. Before the sale, scholarship winners were awarded - what an amazing group of young people who understand the importance of agriculture. It was great to see so many industry leaders in attendance supporting Michigan's livestock industry by purchasing this year's show champions.

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Ingham County Fair

Congratulations to all the 4-H participants in this year’s livestock competition at the Ingham County Fair! What an impressive group of young people showing their cattle, hogs, sheep, goats, rabbits and poultry. Also congratulations to all the participants in the Ingham County Little International Showmanship Contest. The champion and grand champion showpersons from each species competed in a round robin competition showing beef steers, dairy steers, pigs, sheep, goats and horses. Each of the champions received a $300 scholarship from Foster Swift.

Nicole Buchmann from @WILX New 10 interviewed Davis Hill, the exhibitor of the 2021 Grand Champion Sheep and what he enjoys about 4-H and working with his animals. See full interview here.

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Unbounded: Government Claims Right of Access and Surveillance on All Private Land

Ag Web

Is private land a federal playground? The government claims a phenomenally powerful right—access and surveillance on every inch of privately held farmland, hunting ground, pasture, and recreational acre in the United States, without warrant or probable cause.

The federal assertion to total power over private land is a chilling prospect to a significant portion of Americans and the alarm begs a subsequent concern: What activities does Uncle Sam assume the right to engage in after entry onto private land and precisely which government officials get a perpetual pass?

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Consumer Advisory: MDARD Reminds Animal Trainers, Owners to be Vigilant when Accepting New Clients


The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) is urging horse trainers, horse owners, and others in the livestock industry to be cautious when accepting new clients or purchasing new animals. Scammers are posing as new clients who want to bring in their horses to be trained by local trainers, but their vehicle breaks down when transporting the animal, and the requests for money begin...

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Nominations Open for 2023 Dairy Farm of the Year

The Michigan State University Department of Animal Science is seeking nominations for the 2023 Dairy Farm of the Year Award.

Since 1958, the Dairy Farm of the Year Award has been given to a farmer, farm partners or family that has distinguished themselves through excellence in dairy farming and outstanding involvement in the industry or their community...

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