In the past several years, this diverse industry, consisting of producers, processors, agricultural chemical manufacturers, and importers, has grown to represent $1 trillion of the U.S. GDP. The business of food and agriculture has exploded, but so too have the challenges the industry faces. Our attorneys can help you address those challenges.
We have one of the largest food and agribusiness law practices in the U.S. with comprehensive transactional, regulatory, financing and corporate experience across every tier of the food and agribusiness industry, from farm to fork: growing, processing, distribution and marketing. Not only do we offer an interdisciplinary team who knows the operational, regulatory, tax, lending and land use issues, but we offer a team with deep-rooted passion for and personal interest in food and where it comes from. Our attorneys are ranchers, winery and brewery owners, and backyard gardeners. We know the legal, business and practical issues related to food and agriculture.
- Regulatory Compliance
- Real Estate
- Business Formation, Capitalization and Transactional Services
- Environmental Compliance and Permitting
- Workouts and Bankruptcy - both lenders and debtors
- Mergers and Acquisitions
- Water Rights and Water Resource Planning
- International Marketing Agreements
- Food Liability
- Labeling, Marketing and Food Safety
- Labor and Employment - including migrant farm worker issues
- Proposition 65 Compliance and Defense
- UCC Issues
- State Agricultural Liens and Trusts
Our compliance attorneys will ensure your operation is aligned with the full range of federal and state statutes pertaining to agriculture-related businesses including the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA), Agricultural Marketing Act (AMA), Food Security Act (FSA), Packers and Stockyard Act and regulations issued by the USDA, FDA, EPA, FTC, U.S. Department of Commerce and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives.
Food and Agribusiness Litigation
We’ll defend you when faced with litigation ranging from contract disputes and general commercial litigation to multi-state, multi-plaintiff class actions. We’ve defended the largest agribusiness companies in groundbreaking GMO cases and served as trial counsel for major dairy cooperatives.
Our clients span the supply chain as well as discrete industry segments. Critical to our clients, our offices are located in the nation’s epicenters of agricultural activity: Minnesota, Idaho, California, Utah, Washington and Oregon.
We represent growers of fruits, vegetables, seeds and commodity crops; producers of meat, seafood and eggs; processors of fresh and packaged foods; agricultural cooperatives and trade associations; institutional lenders and investors; large-production farms and corporate producers; vineyards; dairies; ranches; timber operations; and food and agricultural equipment manufacturers.
We are committed to our growing food and agriculture practice:
- We are drafters of the agricultural business provisions in Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC).
- We documented the largest dairy loans in Idaho and Washington.
- Our clients are both domestic and global.