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    • July
      21
      2020
      Agricultural Law and Rural Practice Blog

      The Revitalization of Motions to Dismiss in Wisconsin Business Litigation

      The Wisconsin Supreme Court in recent business-dispute decisions has indicated that judges have the ability to be more demanding of claimant’s counsel when considering motions to dismiss for a failure to state a claim. Alexander (Sandie) Pendleton comments on these developments, and the related developments as to the incorporation-by-reference doctrine, and the economic loss doctrine.

    • June
      01
      2020
      Agricultural Law and Rural Practice Blog

      Industrial Hemp: The 'New' Crop

      After being prohibited for decades, hemp plants can now be grown by Wisconsin farmers. Colleen Martine discusses the plant and its regulatory history, and offers advice for attorneys with clients who grow hemp.

    • April
      21
      2020
      Agricultural Law and Rural Practice Blog

      To Be or Not to Be … In Person for Video Court

      In this COVID-19, social-distancing world, judges are more than ever before holding criminal court via video. Michael Yang discusses what to consider when your client is scheduled for a video hearing.

    • March
      05
      2020
      Agricultural Law and Rural Practice Blog

      Recent Decision Gives New Guidance on Harvester's Liens

      A recent U.S. District Court decision addresses time limits and other issues on harvester’s liens under Wis. Stat. section 779.50. J. David Krekeler discusses the case and the decision, and what it may mean for Wisconsin custom harvesters.

    • December
      18
      2019
      Agricultural Law and Rural Practice Blog

      Now’s Time for a Chat on Farm Value

      At this time of year, ag attorneys should facilitate year-end business valuation discussions with their farm clients. Christine Rasmussen discusses the importance of setting entity values in the farm context.

    • October
      21
      2019
      Agricultural Law and Rural Practice Blog

      The Impact of the Immigration Debate on Agriculture

      As farmers grapple with international competition, natural disasters, trade wars, and other challenges, they need legal guidance to successfully navigate the many changes to immigration laws and policies that affect them and their workers. Matthew Beier discusses the intersection of farm labor and immigration policies, and the rise in need for legal assistance for immigrants. “If farmers are no longer able to find enough workers, agricultural output could decrease by up to $60 billion,” he writes.

    • September
      25
      2019
      Agricultural Law and Rural Practice Blog

      Connecting with Community: Tips to Establish a Strong Rural Practice

      Farmers understand long-term investment in community, and in choosing a lawyer they can trust, they may evaluate how invested a lawyer is in their community. Kate Knowlton offers tips to strengthen long-term relationships in a local rural community and tobuild mutually beneficial and lasting partnerships with family farmers. “By understanding and participating in the local community, lawyers can establish confidence in farmers to seek legal advice,” she writes.

    • August
      29
      2019
      Agricultural Law and Rural Practice Blog

      Chapter 12 Bankruptcy Relief Now Available to More Farmers

      Recently signed into law, the Family Farmer Relief Act more than doubles the debt limit for family farmers seeking Chapter 12 bankruptcy relief. J. David Krekeler discusses the impact the Act may have, and why action is needed to assist family farmers.

    • July
      18
      2019
      Agricultural Law and Rural Practice Blog

      Survey Highlights Issues Faced by Wisconsin Farmers

      A recent Wisconsin Farm Bureau Survey reports farmers are now receiving less than 15% of the money consumers spend on groceries. Nancy L. Trueblood talks about the survey and its impact, and urges attorneys to be aware of the perennial – and season-specific – issues faced by their clients who are Wisconsin farmers.

    • May
      28
      2019
      Agricultural Law and Rural Practice Blog

      Nursing Home Facility Shortages Are More Glaring in Rural Wisconsin

      Residents of rural Wisconsin counties who require long-term care will likely have to move farther from home, and compete for fewer beds, than their urban counterparts. Continued facility closings threaten to exacerbate the disparity.

    • March
      05
      2019
      Agricultural Law and Rural Practice Blog

      Agricultural Clients: Help them Get Paid

      Getting paid on time can make the difference between success and financial difficulty for agricultural custom operators who deal with large accounts. J. David Krekeler talks about helping custom operator clients to stay on top of collecting their accounts receivable.

    • January
      22
      2019
      Agricultural Law and Rural Practice Blog

      Tip: Get to Know Your Professional Liability Carrier Claims Attorney

      Get to know your malpractice carrier’s claims attorney, suggests Matthew Beier. In addition to expanding your network, a good relationship with your claims attorney can help you avoid common legal malpractice pitfalls, and improve the chances of successful claim prevention and resolution.

    • December
      19
      2018
      Agricultural Law and Rural Practice Blog

      Can This Year’s Wisconsin Supreme Court Jollify Scrooge?

      Amid parties and presents, how is our profession faring at the end of this year? Kate Knowlton takes a Dickensian visit upon some 2018 cases that remind lawyers their work is vital to the justice system, culture, and society. “These ghosts of our legal past and present point to a less frightening future,” she writes.

    • December
      10
      2018
      Agricultural Law and Rural Practice Blog

      Wisconsin Leads Nation in Farm Bankruptcies

      There was an increase in farm bankruptcies in 2017 and 2018 in Wisconsin, making them among the most in the nation. David Krekeler discusses the implications of the trend and its impact on family farms.

    • October
      29
      2018
      Agricultural Law and Rural Practice Blog

      Emerging Markets in Rural Industry: Wisconsin’s Industrial Hemp Pilot Program

      Wisconsin’s Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection is wrapping up the first year of its pilot research program into hemp cultivation and hemp product manufacturing. Cathleen Dettman discusses the program, and suggests that interested Wisconsin farmers should beware of the program’s many rules and limitations.

    • February
      21
      2018
      Agricultural Law and Rural Practice Blog

      A Business, a Way of Life: Representing Family Farms with Financial Problems

      Solving the financial problems of a family farm requires all the skills possessed by good insolvency lawyers as well as an understanding of agricultural business and production, says J. David Krekeler. Helping a family farm business requires knowledge of the various factors and challenges unique to a family farm.

    • January
      26
      2018
      Agricultural Law and Rural Practice Blog

      Remind Farm Clients to ‘Always Stay Humble and Kind’

      Family farm planning often involves more than just financial and tax matters. Often, an understanding of the delicate nature of human relationships is just as or even more important than the “numbers.” Troy Schneider examines the quality of humility in family farm planning.

    • December
      21
      2017
      Agricultural Law and Rural Practice Blog

      New Tax Law May Help Distressed Farmers

      A recent change in tax law may help more farmers survive tough financial times, although issues still remain. David Krekeler discusses the Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Requirements Act 2017, and what it means for farmers facing bankruptcy.

    • November
      07
      2017
      Agricultural Law and Rural Practice Blog

      Strategies for Marital Property Agreements in Farm Succession Planning

      Farms, more than ever, have greater amounts of cattle, machinery, equipment, facilities, and land at inflated values; and greater existing debt and greater gross income, but smaller profit margins. As such, a family farm divorce can be devastating to the farm family and its continued viability. Troy Schneider provides strategies to take when drafting marital property agreements that include a plan for farm succession.

    • November
      02
      2017
      Agricultural Law and Rural Practice Blog

      Defining Implements of Husbandry: Recent Revisions by Wisconsin Legislature

      The Wisconsin legislature recently revised its definition of implements of husbandry, to meet changes in agricultural equipment sizes, types, and scales of operation. Roberta Heckes outlines these changes, which involve new weight, height, and length restrictions, as well as lighting and marking requirements.

    • August
      17
      2017
      Agricultural Law and Rural Practice Blog

      Rural Revolution: Is the Future So Bright Ag Lawyers Should Wear Shades?

      Generational, technological, and policy changes ahead for agriculture in the U.S. mean attorneys serving rural clients are in a unique position to affect the future of rural America and agriculture worldwide. Nancy Trueblood talks about why the future is bright for lawyers in agriculture law

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