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26 May 2017 Planting the Seed: Three Takeaways from Barnes & Thornburg’s Ag & Food Conference

  On May 23, Barnes & Thornburg held its annual “Planting the Seed” conference, which focused on legal and regulatory concerns facing companies in the agriculture, animal health and food processing industries. This year’s conference featured speakers from Crop Life America, Elanco Animal Health, Dow AgroSciences, the Grocery Manufacturers Association, Colorado State University, Purdue University, and the National Agriculture Law Center at the University of Arkansas. More than 100 clients and companies attended the conference hosted in our Indianapolis office.   I participated as a…

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13 Jan 2017 Who is to Blame for Spray Drift From Illegal Crop Protection Product Use?

  On Dec. 13, Bader Farms, Inc., a large-scale peach grower, brought suit against Monsanto Company for damage to 30,000 of its peach trees allegedly caused by dicamba (brand name Xtend) spray drift from neighboring farms. This case is one example in a growing number of cases alleging that other crops, pollinators and the environment were damaged by spray drift of crop protection products.   The question in the Bader Farms litigation will be whether a seed and herbicide manufacturer can be held liable for…

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