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December 5, 2008 | Roger McEowen

 

On December 2, the Delaware bankruptcy court handling the VeraSun matter declined to set a firm date for VeraSun to determine whether it would affirm or reject corn contracts.  However, after the hearing, VeraSun’s counsel announced that all contracts for seven of its eight U.S. Bio plants requiring delivery through January 15, 2009 would be rejected. 

The rejected contracts are for delivery to:

Albert City, Iowa
Dyersville, Iowa
Woodbury, Michigan
Janesville, MN
Ord, Nebraska
Central City, Nebraska
Hankinson, North Dakota

 

On December 11, 2008, VeraSun sent letters to its corn suppliers at seven of its eight US Bio Plants offering options regarding their contracts for delivery of corn through January 31, 2009.  The affected plants are those in Albert City, IA, Dyersville, IA, Woodbury, MI, Janesville, MN, Welcome, MN, Ord, NE, Central City, NE and Hankinson, ND.  The plants in Janesville, MN and Welcome, MN are idle and not accepting corn.

In the letters, VeraSun outlines three options for producers:

fields

 

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In a confusing family financial saga, a husband and wife played fast and loose with loans, property transfers, and corporate entities. As a result, the court and jury were left to sort out the tangled web of deceit woven by the couple.

June 3, 2013 | Roger McEowen

In recent weeks there have been several significant tax and agricultural law developments.  Most recently, the President announced that he was suspending enforcement of the employer mandate (and associated penalties for non-compliance) contained in the 2010 health care law until the beginning of 2015 – after the fall 2014 mid-term elections are over. 

May 17, 2013 | Erika Eckley and Roger McEowen

The Iowa legislature’s current session involves numerous issues of importance to agricultural operators and rural landowners.  We have arranged the bills of interest by category in alphabetical order so that you can find them easier.  There are some important ones this session.  Make sure you provide your elected representative in the Iowa House or Senate with your perspective on issues of importance to you.

Here’s what we see as the most important bills at the present time.

May 1, 2013 | Roger McEowen

There were several significant developments in May of relevance to agricultural law and taxation.  Of course, the various scandals in Washington, D.C. have captured a lot of attention.  

April 1, 2013 | Roger McEowen

During April there were several major developments in the courts and with the IRS that are important to pay attention to. We highlight those in the case and rulings annotations list on the website and draw your attention to them here.

March 1, 2013 | Roger McEowen

During March there were several major developments in the courts and with the IRS that are important to pay attention to.  We highlight those in the case and rulings annotations list on the website and draw your attention to them here.

February 1, 2013 | Roger McEowen

During February, there were several important and interesting developments involving agricultural law and taxation both nationally and in Iowa.  At the state level, the Iowa Supreme Court continued to issue interesting decisions on several fronts.  

January 4, 2013 | Roger McEowen

We begin 2013 with our annual look at the most significant agricultural law developments of the previous year. Legal issues continue to be at the forefront of developments that are shaping the present and future of American agriculture, and it is very likely that the involvement of the legal system in agriculture will continue to grow. The following is my list of what I view as the top ten agricultural law developments of 2012 based on their impact (or potential impact) on U.S. agricultural producers and the sector as a whole.

January 2, 2013 | Roger McEowen

Over the past month, there have been several significant developments of importance to farmer, ranchers, agribusinesses and the professionals that represent them.  In early January we posted our annual article on the Top Ten agricultural and tax developments from 2012.  If you haven’t done so already, take a look at the cases and rulings highlighted in that publication.  There were some big developments in 2012. 

December 3, 2012 | Roger McEowen

Tax legislation signed into law on January 2 (The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012) makes permanent some very significant provisions of EGTRRA enacted in 2001.  The Act also extends some provisions that had either already expired at the end of 2011 or expired at the end of 2012.

 
    March 29, 2012 | Roger McEowen

    We begin 2011 with our annual look at the most significant agricultural law developments of the previous year.  Legal issues continue to be at the forefront of developments that are shaping the present and future of American agriculture, and it is very likely that the involvement of the legal system in agriculture will continue to grow.  The following is my list of what I view as the top ten agricultural law developments of 2011 based on their impact (or potential impact) on U.S. agricultural producers and the sector as a whole.

    December 2, 2011 | Roger McEowen
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    January 12, 2011 | Roger McEowen

    We begin 2011 with our annual look at the most significant agricultural law developments of the previous year.  Legal issues continue to be at the forefront of developments that are shaping the present and future of American agriculture, and it is very likely that the involvement of the legal system in agriculture will continue to grow.  The following is my list of what I view as the top ten agricultural law developments of 2010 based on their impact (or potential impact) on U.S. agricultural producers and the sector as a whole.

    January 6, 2010 | Roger McEowen

    Agricultural legal and tax developments continued to impact the agricultural sector in 2009.  Here’s the list of what we believe to be the “Top Ten” developments in 2009 based on their impact to agricultural producers and rural landowners across the nation. 

    January 2, 2009 | Roger McEowen

    We begin 2009 with our annual look at the most significant agricultural law developments of the previous year.  Legal issues continue to be at the forefront of developments that are shaping the present and future of American agriculture, and it is very likely that the involvement of the legal system in agriculture will continue to grow.  The following is my list of what I view as the top ten agricultural law developments of 2008 based on their impact (or potential impact) on U.S. agricultural producers and the sector as a whole.

    June 2, 2008 | Roger McEowen

    November 2007

    January 4, 2008 | Roger McEowen

    We begin 2008 with our annual look at the most significant agricultural law developments of the previous year.  Legal issues continue to be at the forefront of developments that are shaping the present and future of American agriculture, and it is very likely that the involvement of the legal system in agriculture will continue to grow.  The following is my list of what I view as the top ten agricultural law developments of 2007 based on their impact (or potential impact) on U.S. agricultural producers and the sector as a whole.

    January 1, 2007 | Roger McEowen

    We begin 2007 with our annual look at the most significant agricultural law developments of the previous year. Legal issues continue to be at the forefront of developments that are shaping the present and future of American agriculture, and it is very likely that the involvement of the legal system in agriculture will continue to grow. The following is my list of what I view as the top ten agricultural law developments of 2006 based on their impact (or potential impact) on U.S. agricultural producers and the sector as a whole.

    January 2, 2006 | Roger McEowen

    We begin 2006 with our annual look at the most significant agricultural law developments of the previous year. Legal issues continue to be at the forefront of developments that are shaping the present and future of American agriculture, and it is very likely that the involvement of the legal system in agriculture will continue to grow. The following is my list of what I view as the top ten agricultural law developments of 2005 based on their impact (or potential impact) on U.S. agricultural producers and the sector as a whole.

    April 1, 2005 | Roger McEowen

    Click to read the top ten agricultural developments of 2004

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