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20 Mar, 2019

REFRESHER ON NEBRASKA AGRICULTURAL LIENS PT. 1: Types of Security

2019-03-25T14:11:23-05:00March 20th, 2019|Lien Rights, Midwest Agricultural Law|

  Lately we have been fielding a lot of calls from farmers, ranchers and various other agribusiness to assist in collecting on unpaid debts. Our first question when taking that call is “when was the work performed or the materials supplied?” Our second question, “is there an ag lien on file yet?” It seems that everybody knows ag liens exist. It also seems that only the most sophisticated know exactly [...]

27 Sep, 2012

Workers Wanted Desperately Needed: Searching for a Solution to the Foreign Agricultural Labor Shortage

2018-04-23T18:22:22-05:00September 27th, 2012|Construction Contractor Advisor, Government Regulations, Midwest Agricultural Law|

The call for immigration reform is being made again (or, still) as many producers find they are increasingly unable to provide the work force—a work force which comes predominantly from Mexico—needed to harvest their crops.  A recent article by Carol Lawrence examines some of the economic and policy issues responsible for creating a shortage of foreign workers.  (http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/farm-workers/farm-workers). According to a recent report from the  Pew Hispanic Center, the difficulty [...]

17 Nov, 2011

Child-labor and Agriculture: Proposed rules restrict youths’ access to agricultural jobs

2018-04-23T18:22:24-05:00November 17th, 2011|Construction Contractor Advisor, Farm Management, Government Regulations, Midwest Agricultural Law|

In May, I wrote this blog about the dangers of children working in agriculture.  In the blog I warned that deadly accidents, such as the Mt. Carroll, IL incident last year, may bring increased federal regulation restricting child labor in agriculture.  It appears that warning has come to fruition. The Department of Labor has recently proposed revisions to the Fair Labor Standards Act for child farm workers, which will severely limit agriculture employment for [...]

9 Jun, 2011

Flood the Farm or the City: The Army Corps of Engineers’ Tough Question

2018-04-23T18:22:24-05:00June 9th, 2011|Construction Contractor Advisor, Government Regulations, Midwest Agricultural Law|

On Friday, June 3, I was helping fill sandbags in Plattsmouth, Nebraska in an effort to protect the waste treament and water treatment plants from expected flooding along the Missouri river.  The volunteer turnout was tremendous but somber as the discussions obviously centered on the potential damage and whether there was anything that could have been done earlier to prevent the possible catastrophe.  Rumors swirled that the Army Corps of Engineers was [...]