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23Jan, 2024

Joint Ventures: When Helping Out Can Create Legal Issues

By |January 23rd, 2024|Categories: Agriculture, Latest News, Midwest Agricultural Law|0 Comments

In any ag community there is lot of cooperation and partnership between farming operations and the ag industries that service those operations.  Neighbors may loan equipment and labor to put in, maintain, or harvest a crop, while others do the same to care for livestock.  In some cases, an ag [...]

27Jul, 2023

IT’S THE SIMPLE THINGS: Avoiding Default in a National Grain and Feed Assoc. Arbitration

By |July 27th, 2023|Categories: Agriculture, Latest News, Midwest Agricultural Law|0 Comments

While waiting on an arbitration ruling from the National Grain and Feed Association (“NGFA”), I reviewed some of the NGFA's recent decisions.  I was surprised to see how many cases were not decided on the merits, but rather, a party’s failure to simply comply with the NGFA’s rules. Take for [...]

1Feb, 2023

Proposed Legislation Affecting Nebraska Farmers

By |February 1st, 2023|Categories: Agriculture, Government Regulations, Legislation, Midwest Agricultural Law|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Nebraska State Capitol landscape at sunrise   Three bills were submitted to the Nebraska Legislature this month that work to protect Nebraska farmers. LB 662 proposes a change to the Nebraska Right to Farm Act. This Act makes it harder for neighbors to sue farmers over nuisances. This [...]

17Oct, 2022

The Long Arm of the Law: Investigating Crop Insurance Fraud

By |October 17th, 2022|Categories: Agriculture, Criminal Conduct, Crop Insurance, Farm Management, Fraud, Insurance coverage, Latest News, Midwest Agricultural Law|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

The long arms of the USDA Risk Management Agency (RMA) recently caught a Nebraska man for making false statements in the collection of a sizeable crop insurance claim. The end result was a sentence of 16 weekends of jail time, a $100 special assessment, a $30,000 fine and the kicker [...]

25Oct, 2021

Does It Come Furnished: Are Center Pivots Fixtures or Real Property?

By |October 25th, 2021|Categories: Agriculture, Farm Management, Midwest Agricultural Law|Tags: , , |0 Comments

  Central pivot irrigation systems are vitally important in Nebraska.  Not only is Nebraska the most irrigated state in the U.S., it is also the largest producer/user of center pivot systems in the world.[1] For Nebraska farmers and legal practitioners alike, it may be important to understand how center pivot [...]

6Jul, 2021

Iowa Supreme Court Values Closely Held Farm Corps

By |July 6th, 2021|Categories: Farm Management, Latest News, Midwest Agricultural Law|2 Comments

A recent case issued by the Iowa Supreme Court addressed the “fair value” of stock in a closely held farm corporation buyout. In Guge v. Kassel Enterprises, No. 19-2151 (Iowa Sup. Ct June 18, 2021), the Court provided clarity for determining what factors Iowa courts consider in calculating the “fair [...]

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The best way to gain insight into a person is to walk in their shoes. Having grown up on a farm in Iowa, attorney Sean Minahan has walked in the shoes of those in the farming industry, which is why he feels at home in the field—of agricultural law. His blog, the Midwest Agricultural Law Guide, was created to offer legal discussion and encourage the use of social media in the agricultural industry.


Sean A. Minahan

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