Agriculture Law | Personal Injury Blog
Last year saw a significant increase in farm bankruptcies, with 37 farms going bankrupt in the state of Nebraska, the second-highest number of farm bankruptcies in the country. This increase is following a trend of rising annual farm bankruptcies in Nebraska and throughout the USA. This is a serious economic concern in our state, as agriculture is the backbone of Nebraska and employs more people than any other industry. While there are nationwide programs and trade deals that should help ease this situation in the future, many farmers are having difficulty breaking even and keeping a farm afloat. If your farm is at risk of going under, you may want to contact a Nebraska agricultural law attorney to discuss options and get assistance.
In the last three years, there have been over 13,000 lawsuits filed against the agri-chemical giant Monsanto (now owned by Bayer) for the company’s failure to give proper warning to its customers about the potentially carcinogenic effects of Roundup, a popular weed-killer. In three groundbreaking trials in California, Monsanto was ultimately ordered to pay more than $2 billion in damages to a small set of victims. And now, Nebraska has been selected as the next state to see the battle over Roundup play out in the courtroom, setting the stage for a new wave of litigation.
A recent spate of farm accidents has killed four and injured two people in Nebraska. Unfortunately, farm worker injuries and fatalities are not uncommon. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, agriculture is one of the most hazardous industries in the U.S.
If you’ve ever wondered what impact agriculture has on the state of Nebraska (and the United States as a whole), look no farther than this infographic. Believe it or not, cattle outnumber Nebraskans by a ratio of nearly four to one. Imagine if cows could vote!
Farmers and lawyers aren’t commonly thought of as the best of friends. But a good farmer knows that sometimes a good lawyer is necessary. Farmers know about crops, lawyers know about contracts. And contracts are a pretty big deal in the ever-growing world of agriculture.
For farmers and farm workers, tractors are modern workhorses that are reliable and invaluable for a wide range of tasks. Most farmers could not imagine working their fields without a tractor, and many young farmers learn to drive tractors before other vehicles. Yet, serious accidents can and do occur around and on tractors, frequently resulting in severe injuries and even deaths.
With how common tractors are across Nebraska, it’s worth taking a few minutes to think about tractor safety and make sure you are doing all you can to keep yourself and your loved ones safe.
The Packers and Stockyards Act is designed to promote the interests of consumers as well as farmers and ranchers in healthy competition. It regulates the meatpacking industry and governs the practices by which the livestock and poultry industries operate.
The Act was passed in response to small farmers finding it impossible to break into the industry, which is largely run by a handful of major meat producers and providers.
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