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Agricultural Litigation & Agribusiness Law

There are a variety of issues that confront Indiana farmers. Those issues may result in litigation

over defective equipment, contaminated feed, pesticide claims, stray current, animal-related contracts, family share disputes, as well as workers’ compensation claims. At PODLASKI LLP we have represented family farmers before the Department of Agriculture in connection with FSA subsidy applications, multi-million dollar grain farming operations and family interests, dairy farm operations and family interests, seed companies, agricultural technology providers, livestock houses, and other agriculture-related businesses.

Farmers and companies that support agribusiness face hardships each year. Whether it is a decrease in the price of crops, rising costs and crippling expenses, devastating weather, or tariffs that significantly affect exports, operating a farm is a delicate balance. It’s no secret to an Indiana farmer though – it’s a way of life. Legal problems cannot only exacerbate the

hardship, they can create economic disaster and even cause the loss of the farming operation. For example, recent nuisance litigation in Indiana has resulted in significant adverse verdicts that threaten the hog industry - unpredictably defending its operation against neighbors which had a devastating impact on their business. What about the trade war dispute between the United States and China? Regardless which side of the political isle you are on, tariffs on crops grown in American hit the farmer first and hardest. As times change, so does the operation of a farm. Farmers today not only face the hardships of decades passed, but new, complicated issues have emerged, including complex legal matters and draconian regulations.