USAgNet discussed efforts to combat stress in the lives of farm families.

Food Safety News discussed the food safety funding in final government spending bill.

The Poultry Site reported on the development of a probiotic to be used to fight global poultry disease.

USA Today discussed technology being developed to allow shoppers to scan grocery cases with their phone for foods that meet their dietary needs.

The Nation discussed the rise in farm bankruptcies.

On February 19, 2019, the Supreme Court agreed to hear arguments regarding “Whether the CWA [Clean Water Act] requires a permit when pollutants originate from a point source but are conveyed to navigable waters by a nonpoint source, such as groundwater” following a circuit split between the Fourth, Sixth, and Ninth Federal Circuit Court of Appeals. Read more about this case history and the legal arguments on the Emerging Energy Insights blog:

CWA Series: SCOTUS Agrees to Grant Certiorari on Indirect Discharge Question

Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Seminar

Join our Dr. Laura Labeots and a panel of other speakers on March 14, 2019 for a collaborative discussion regarding intellectual property for agriculture and plants. The CLE seminar is complimentary for members AND non-members of the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago.

Speakers will include:

  • Audrey Charles, Patent Agent and Trademark Administrator Ball Horticultural Company
  • Dr. Diana Horvath, President, 2Blades Foundation
  • Dr. Laura Labeots, Partner, Husch Blackwell LLP

Register here.

In the past, Plant Variety Protection (PVP) Certificates could only be used to protect plant varieties that reproduce sexually (through seeds) or through tuber propagation. However, the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 recently amended the Plant Variety Protection Act (PVPA) by extending protection to plant varieties that reproduce asexually from a single parent (through cutting, grafting, tissue culture, and root division).1

Continue Reading Plant Intellectual Property (IP) Protections Grows

The Lexington Herald Leader reported on the development of a strain of hemp without THC.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch discussed a law suit by Darden Restaurants against the chicken industry.

The Business Insider discussed grocery delivery trends.

Food Processing discussed food and beverage Super Bowl advertising.

QSR discussed Pizza Hut beer delivery efforts.

The Independent reported on gene edited chickens designed to prevent bird flu.

Food Navigator discussed a World Economic Forum report on the need for technological improvements in the food chain.

USA Today reported on a Berkeley ordinance aimed at reducing food related waste.

NBC News discussed the Food For All app’s efforts to reduce restaurant food waste.

USA Today discussed the impact of Anheuser-Busch adding nutrition facts to Bud Light label.


We blogged most recently on December 27, 2018, about several states’ challenges in the Supreme Court to animal welfare laws enacted by both California and Massachusetts. The states sought permission to file suit in the Supreme Court under the Court’s original jurisdiction. On January 7, 2019, the Court denied leave to file.

The Solicitor General had strongly recommended that the Court not exercise its original jurisdiction, asserting that a suit in federal district court would amply protect the challenging states and that the district court is far better equipped to resolve the complicated factual issues presented.

The newly sworn-in Attorney General of Missouri has announced that he will do exactly that.

Read more about the California Egg Law in our archive of posts on the subject-matter.

Last month the Farm Bill 2018 (Agricultural Improvement Protection Act of 2018) was signed into law. Section 10108 of that bill pertains to the Plant Variety Protection Act, which now has been amended to include Intellectual Property (IP) protection for asexually reproduced plant varieties.

Continue Reading Significant Changes to Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 – Plant Variety Protection Act Amended