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

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

In June, the Department of Agricultural Economics at Kansas State University (“K-State”) released the results of its semi-annual survey of agricultural lenders. K-State began conducting the survey in 2013 to provide farmers insight into agricultural credit conditions from lenders’ perspective. The survey focuses on five main areas: farm loan interest rates, spread over cost of

On Friday, February 7th, President Obama signed the Agricultural Act of 2014 (H.R. 2642), widely referred to as the 2014 Farm Bill, a comprehensive five-year farm policy package for agricultural and food assistance programs. The U.S. House of Representatives passed this legislation on January 29, 2014 by a vote of 251 to 166. The U.S. Senate passed this legislation by a vote of 68 to 32 on February 4, 2014. The legislation will cost an estimated $956 billion over 10 years, a savings of about $16.6 billion compared with current funding, according to the Congressional Budget Office. This is the first time that Congress has approved a new farm bill since 2008, and follows three years of short-term authorizations and disagreements between the House and the Senate.

The Agricultural Act of 2014 includes the most significant reduction to farm policy spending in history by reforming particular agricultural programs.

  • Repeals direct payments and limits producers to risk management tools that offer protection when they suffer significant losses.
  • Reduces limits on payments, tightens eligibility rules, and streamlines means tests to make farm programs more accountable.
  • Strengthens crop insurance, a successful public-private partnership that helps farmers manage risk and protect themselves against losses.
  • Provides historic reforms to dairy policy by repealing outdated and ineffective dairy programs. Offers producers a new, voluntary, margin protection program without imposing government-mandated supply controls.
  • Supports small businesses and beginning farmers and ranchers with training and access to capital.


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