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Agriculture and Farm Law

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Varnum attorneys have practical experience serving the needs of agricultural producers, food processors and their suppliers. Our team approach provides expertise in each legal area while ensuring that clients also have available to them the full resources of the firm.

We provide a broad range of services related to legal issues facing agri-businesses and have developed expertise in the following agricultural-related areas:

  • Corporate -- business acquisitions and financing; entity formation and organization; contract matters
  • Real Estate -- facility siting, construction and expansion; zoning, land use and real estate
  • Labor -- immigration/work authorization issues; labor housing issues; migrant labor issues; OSHA; unfair labor practice issues
  • Environmental -- wetlands regulation; water runoff, CAFO NPDES permits; Right to Farm Act; GAAMPs; odor emissions
  • Litigation -- personal injury defense; contract disputes
  • Tax -- federal and state tax planning; appeals
  • Estate Planning -- succession planning
  • Agri-Finance -- origination; documentation; UCC; workout; litigation; receivership; bankruptcy

Representative Agricultural Matters

The list below illustrates the types of clients and legal services we have provided to the agricultural industry.

  • International fertilizer/chemical suppliers: litigation
  • Agricultural equipment manufacturers: litigation, corporate
  • Apple cooperative: corporate governance and financing
  • 9,000 head dairy farm: sale, financing
  • Large beef producer: customer litigation
  • Agricultural cooperative: litigation
  • Hog farm: financing, bankruptcy, manure runoff issues
  • Sugar producer: labor, litigation
  • Elevator construction: labor, collections
  • Cheesemaker: labor
  • Commercial dried fruit producer: private financing placement
  • Elevator/Farm chemical: investment/hedging legal counsel
  • Poultry farm: general counsel
  • Commercial tree farm: litigation, corporate
  • Large cattle grower: environmental, estate planning
  • Fruit canning operation: environmental, business divestment
  • Agricultural trade association: lobbying
  • Grand Haven nursery: general counsel, labor, corporate, real
  • estate and litigation
  • West Michigan blueberry farms: litigation, corporate, labor
  • Fruit and vegetable producers: labor and litigation
  • Agri-Finance Institutions: loan transactions, documentation, workout, litigation, receivership, bankruptcy
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