Constructing a new hog barn (or expanding an existing barn) in Minnesota requires pork producers to navigate a maze of requirements across several layers of government. The facility may require a feedlot permit from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency or the county where the ...Read More
Modern farming is a business, and it is extremely common to see even small operations owning farmland in a partnership, LLC, corporation or trust. Even so, Minnesota law restricts the ownership of agricultural real estate by business entities and trusts.
Who Can Own Minnesota Farmland?
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A “lien” is a type of property right that allows a person (the “lienholder”) to take possession of certain property belonging to a debtor if an underlying debt is not paid. Some liens, such as mortgages and security interests, are voluntary and are created ...Read More
As I write this in December 2018, the news is being flooded with articles on farm bankruptcies and the looming crisis for farmers and their lenders due to various economic situations outside of each farmer’s control. Farm divorces are estimated to increase.
For anyone who ...Read More
Instead of hiring employees to perform all work on the farm, many pork producers contract with independent contractors to perform certain services. For example, a pork producer may contract with an independent trucker to transport pigs from a nursery to a finishing barn or ...Read More
On April 26, 2018, a jury in North Carolina awarded a judgment against Murphy-Brown LLC (an affiliate of Smithfield Foods) for more than $50 million in a nuisance lawsuit arising from the operation of a hog confinement facility. This judgment was later reduced by ...Read More