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Definition of Agriculture Law

Agriculture law governs legal issues affecting the farming and ranching industries. Typical agriculture law issues include the use of pesticides, land use and zoning, environmental issues, and patents on genetically modified seeds. Because agriculture law focuses on an entire industry, it can affect small family farms as well as large commercial farming operations.

Agriculture law includes federal and state laws, as well as rules and regulations enacted by administrative agencies, such as the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Terms to Know

·         Agriculture - Anything of or relating to farming and ranching

·         Clean Water Act - A federal law that establishes water pollution prevention programs and allows the govern to fine water polluters

·         Commodity programs - Federal programs that provide farmers with financial assistance and loans using the farmer's future crops as collateral

·         Agricultural Act of 1949 - A federal law that establishes national prices for crops and provides aid to farmers to make up the difference between the government target price and a lower actual price

·         Agricultural Trade Development and Assistance Act - A federal law that created Food for Peace, a government program that provides food relief overseas

Other Considerations When Hiring an Agriculture Law Attorney

Farms, both big and small, can face a host of federal, state, and local legal issues. Farmers may have regular contact with the federal government through federal aid and loan programs, and many states provide additional assistance. States and the federal government also impose many environmental, safety, and employment regulations and responsibilities on farmers. Finally, at the local level, farmers may have issues involving land use and zoning. This is why it is important to consult a lawyer with experience in the specific issue you are facing. Without the knowledge of how the many areas of law specifically affect farms, a lawyer may not be able to obtain the relief that farmers need.

Many farmers may also face sanctions by administrative agencies, such as the USDA or EPA. Navigating the appeal process when fined or penalized by one of these agencies can be extremely complex. Farmers facing administrative proceedings should contact a lawyer as soon as possible to protect their legal rights and ensure that they have considered all the possible legal solutions.

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Sawyer Charles Smith
Sawyer Charles Smith
18

2200 Broadway 3rd Floor, Fort Myers, FL 33901

Bar #630608(FL)     License for 2003 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Agriculture | Civil rights | Criminal defense | Litigation | Personal injury
Katy Koestner Esquivel
Katy Koestner Esquivel
13

Moorings Professional Building 2335 Tamiami Trail North, Suite 301-B, Naples, FL 34103-4457

Bar #159484(FL)     License for 1998 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Agriculture | Bankruptcy and debt | Business | Contracts and agreements | Litigation | Transportation
William Kenneth Crispin
William Kenneth Crispin
11

7401 N.W. 18th Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32605

Bar #898211(FL)     License for 1991 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Agriculture | Litigation | Personal injury
David Bradley Hester
David Bradley Hester
9

1305 E. Plant Street, Winter Garden, FL 34787

Bar #413186(FL)     License for 2000 years

Practice Areas: Agriculture | Banking | Business | Real estate
Mark Herges Dahlmeier
Mark Herges Dahlmeier
5

Flagler Center Tower505 South Flagler Drive, Suite 1100, West Palm Beach, FL 33402-3475

Bar #366950(FL)     License for 2000 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Agriculture | Banking | Real estate
Zachary Tyler Broome
Zachary Tyler Broome
5

600 Jennings Ave, Eustis, FL 32726-6147

Bar #91331(FL)     License for 2011 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Agriculture | Appeals | Litigation
Matthew Aaron Dukes
Matthew Aaron Dukes
2

Post Office Box 328, Lake Butler, FL 32054

Bar #124349(FL)     License for 2016 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Agriculture | Bankruptcy and debt | Debt settlement | Estate planning | Foreclosure | Litigation | Probate | Real estate | Wills and living wills
Benjamin Barkley Bush
Benjamin Barkley Bush
1

123 S Calhoun St, Tallahassee, FL 32301-1884

Bar #690627(FL)     License for 2003 years

Practice Areas: Agriculture | Real estate
Charles Stuart White
Charles Stuart White
1

104 N Evers St Ste 201, Plant City, FL 33563-3300

Bar #144663(FL)     License for 1972 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Agriculture | Business | Estate planning | Guardianship | Probate | Real estate | Trusts
Laura Minton Young
Laura Minton Young
1

7380 Murrell Rd Ste 200, Melbourne, FL 32940-8130

Bar #806641(FL)     License for 2004 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Agriculture | Commercial real estate | Land use and zoning | Real estate
Richard Dana Tritschler
Richard Dana Tritschler
1

Po Box 584, Tallahassee, FL 32302-0584

Bar #380954(FL)     License for 1983 years

Practice Areas: Administrative law | Agriculture | Government | Litigation
Whitney Anne Metevia
Whitney Anne Metevia
1

633 E Atlantic Blvd, Pompano Beach, FL 33060-6343

Bar #483672(FL)     License for 2001 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Agriculture | Banking | Business | Corporate and incorporation | Elder law | Estate planning | Government | Guardianship

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