Food & Ag Law Insights

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: https://www.emergingenergyinsights.com/2019/02/cwa-series-scotus-grant-cert-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…
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.…