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    The Agricultural Law Section's 2nd Annual Meeting and Program will be held Thursday, September 18, 2014, 8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids. Additional information will be distributed as the date gets closer.

Article: Critical Cases to Watch:
Township of Richmond v. Rondigo, LLC

    By Sally D. Babbitt

    While all of us enjoy our work and have a passion for the areas in which we practice, the fact is that we need to pay the bills. The Rondigo case is not only an important case in protecting our ability to be paid for our services, but even more important in protecting farmers from nuisance cases that they usually could not afford to defend. Read Article

First Annual Meeting and Program a Success—Speaker Presentations Now Available Online

    Thank you for making the Agricultural Law Section’s first annual meeting and program on September 19, 2013, a success! Over 50 attorneys registered for the meeting and program. The event was well attended and the program speakers were outstanding, making for a morning of fellowship and learning. By popular demand, we are posting the PowerPoint presentations that the speakers shared with us during the program. As a brief recap, the program started off with a video greeting from U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chair of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry. James E. Byrum, president of the Michigan Agri-Business Association then gave a State of Agriculture presentation to the group. See Mr. Byrum’s presentation. The first panel discussion addressed the topic of Government’s Role and Responsibilities. The panel included: Jim Johnson, director, environmental stewardship division, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development; Brad Deacon, emergency management/administrative law coordinator, executive office, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development; Jeff Haarer, producer security and ag products manager, pesticide and plant pest management division, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development; and Christine White, state executive director, United States Department of Agriculture, Michigan Farm Service Agency. See Mr. Johnson, Mr. Deacon, and Mr. Haarer's presentation. The second panel discussion focused on What an Expert Can Do for You and Your Clients. Panelists included: Barb Dartt, partner, GROW: The Family Business Advisors; E. Lynn Pohl, partner, Boge, Wybenga & Bradley, P.C.; Dennis Stein, Saginaw Valley District Farm Management Educator, Michigan State University Extension; William Knudson, product marketing economist, Michigan State University Product Center for Agriculture and Natural Resources. See Mr. Stein's presentation. See Dr. Knudson's PowerPoint presentation. Please stay tuned for future Agricultural Law Section events. Thank you for a great first year for the Section! —Liza Moore

Authors/Topics Needed for Food Law Issues

    The Food Committee of the Agricultural Law Section is seeking articles for publication on food law issues. If you are interested in writing an article, please send an e-mail with your name, proposed topic, and goal timing to Sarah Harwood at If you are not interested in writing an article, but have an idea for a topic you would be interested in reading about, the committee would also appreciate hearing your ideas.

    In addition, the Food Committee is in the process of planning future programs and would like to know what topics, speakers, and/or type of events members are interested in. Please e-mail your ideas to



  • For more information, contact Chair Kristiana M. Coutu at or (269) 330-4576.


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