Agriculture Law & Agribusiness

Agriculture Law & Agribusiness

Gislason & Hunter is recognized within Minnesota and throughout the Midwest for our knowledge and experience in the agricultural industry. Our lawyers represent local, regional, and national agribusiness clients—grain farmers and livestock producers, packers and processing plants, agricultural co-ops, equipment manufacturers and input suppliers, agricultural lenders, and other ag-related businesses—in all aspects of their operations.

Our agricultural law attorneys grew up on farms or in farming communities. We are attuned to the lifestyle and rural sensibilities. We also understand that modern agriculture is large-scale, sophisticated, and competitive, requiring solid legal counsel and strategies.

Gislason & Hunter supports the business of production agriculture. Our clients range from family-owned farms of modest size to major agribusiness, including Christensen Farms and other pork producers, large dairy farms and creameries, sizable soybean and beet operations, John Deere Co. and implement dealerships, ethanol and energy co-ops, grain and food cooperatives, feed and fertilizer distributors and more.

Areas of Expertise

  • Ag Financing & Debt Restructuring
  • Ag Litigation
  • Agribusiness Formation & Transactions
  • Agricultural Nuisance
  • Agriculture Contracts
  • Employment Matters
  • Environmental Regulation
  • Estate & Succession Planning
  • Food Safety & Animal Rights Controversies
  • Intellectual Property Rights
  • Planning, Zoning & Land Use
  • Purchase & Leasing
  • Water Rights & Wetland Mitigation


  • November 27, 2023Agriculture Law & Agribusiness

    The United States Supreme Court Addresses Laws Impacting Farmers

    The United States Supreme Court is generally asked to hear approximately 7,000 to 8,000 cases each year but only grants review and hears approximately 80 of these cases. And many of the cases the Court reviews involve appeals in criminal cases and other high profile constitutional issues. Given the small number of cases heard and...

  • November 25, 2023Agriculture Law & AgribusinessReal Estate, Environmental Law & Land Use

    Redtape Meets Wetlands: The Confounding Maze of Wetland Regulation

    Many landowners might have read the headlines about the Supreme Court’s wetland decision this year – Sackett v Environmental Protection Agency – and breathed a sigh of relief: “Finally, we can fill a little puddle on our own property without the government intruding on our private property!” But despite this decision, grain farmers and other...

  • November 22, 2023Agriculture Law & Agribusiness

    Expansion of the Beginning Farmer Tax Credit: What is the BFTC Program and How Can It Benefit You?

    It is no secret that the average age of the Minnesota farmer has steadily increased in recent years. With that in mind, the question of how to incentivize younger generations to start farming has become increasingly prevalent. With high start-up costs and fluctuating markets, getting new farmers in to agriculture is challenging. However, Minnesota recognized...

  • November 21, 2023Agriculture Law & Agribusiness

    Livestock Risk Protection Insurance: An Alternative Risk Management Tool

    “Expect the best. Prepare for the worst. Capitalize on what comes.” This is but one of the many pieces of sage advice shared by author and motivational speaker, Zig Ziglar, with his audiences and readers over the course of his distinguished career. On the forefront of what farmers might expect, prepare for, and capitalize on...

  • October 2, 2023Agriculture Law & AgribusinessFamily Law

    A Fairly New Wrinkle in Minnesota Farm Divorces

    One of the newest growing trends in Minnesota farm divorces involves both divorcing parties seeking to acquire the farm operation’s productive assets (land, machinery, equipment, etc.). In the past, it was typically presumed that the “farming spouse” will end up with the productive farm assets while the “nonfarming spouse” will receive fair compensation using other...