Agribusiness and Food

Agriculture is a sophisticated and increasingly complex industry that requires expertise in many areas. From succession planning to patents, mergers and acquisitions and property leases for wind turbines, we help our clients cultivate and position their businesses for long-term prosperity.

We represent family farms, agri-businesses, corporate farms, orchards and vineyards as well as food distributors, agrichemical manufacturers, produce marketing companies, livestock breeders and producers of alternative fuels.

And because we are a full-service firm, we help our clients with related matters such as the purchase and sale of property, immigration and labor issues, enforcement actions, mediation, litigation and others, including:
  • Financing: business venture formation, foreclosures, mergers and acquisitions, sales contracts and leases for real estate and personal property, facilitating financing from lenders, reviewing loan documentation and other commercial and financing transactions
  • Tax: federal and state tax planning and appeals
  • Corporate entity selection, acquisitions and contract matters
  • Construction: consulting, design and construction contracting, Construction Lien Act issues, governmental approvals and dispute resolution
  • Criminal and civil enforcements
  • Energy: wind turbine leases, oil and gas leases and other energy-related issues
  • Environmental: NPDES permits, wetlands, water management, drainage issues, air emissions, Right to Farm Act, nuisance claims, regulation of Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) and defending against Department of Environmental Quality enforcement actions
  • Estate Planning: wills, trusts, generational transition plans for the family farm and agri-business succession planning
  • Intellectual Property: registration and protection
  • Labor: federal migrant worker protection law, immigration laws, OSHA rules, labor and housing issues
  • Litigation: contract disputes, personal injury claims and other litigation matters
  • Real Estate: Farmland Development Rights Act, zoning and land use issues including Land Division Act, lease and purchase of real property, easements and land exchanges
Representative Experience
  • Represented farming interests in litigation claims involving crop loss, real estate acquisition and labor, including compliance with the Federal Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act
  • Represented Michigan farmers in breach-of-warranty claims and defenses
  • Represented family-owner farms on labor and immigration issues
  • Handled intellectual property matters for agricultural processing and labeling company and fruit tree breeding company
  • Represented agricultural chemical supplier in federal court case against former employees
  • Transitioned farming operations to ownership by the next generation
  • Represented farming operation in federal criminal and civil investigation concerning farm subsidy payments
  • Represented farming operation in OSHA investigation after worker fatality
  • Represent farming operation in warranty and construction claims concerning defective refrigeration equipment
  • Represented fruit processor in MDEQ enforcement action seeking penalties for water discharges and residuals management issues
  • Assisted family farms with loan transactions
  • Assisted with protection of rights to property ownership, recovering amounts owed in bankruptcy and other collection proceedings

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