Proposed Legislation Could Provide Additional Relief to Small Farmers

By: BrownWinick | 07.27.2020

  Last week, U.S. Representatives Abby Finkenauer (D-IA) and Dan Bishop (R-NC) introduced bipartisan legislation that would permit farmers to use money from loans acquired through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to pay for rentals of equipment, land, and buildings. The proposed bill is titled the Expanding Assistance to Farmers Act of 2020 (H.R. 7619) Read…

BrownWinick Wins Ruling Resulting in Substantial Impact on the Livestock Production Industry

By: BrownWinick | 07.08.2020

On July 6, BrownWinick attorney, Danielle Smid, and Texas attorney, Shawn Twing, obtained a ruling with potential for broad impact on the livestock production industry. In the United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa, the Court held that an Animal Care Auditor for a swine production system was an agricultural employee and, Read…

Coronavirus Food Assistance Program – CFAP

By: Colin Hendricks | 05.22.2020

  The United States Department of Agriculture (“USDA”) announced very high-level details regarding the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (“CFAP”) on April 17, 2020. The CFAP is designed to provide money directly to crop and livestock producers to solidify the food chain during COVID-19. Finally, one month after the initial release, the USDA has issued an Read…

BrownWinick Law Firm wins the dismissal of Clean Water Act and RCRA claims filed against New Fashion Pork

By: BrownWinick | 03.27.2020

  On March 27, 2020, Northern District of Iowa Federal District Court Judge C.J. Williams granted a motion for summary judgment in favor of New Fashion Pork and BWT Holdings and against Gordon Garrison, a neighbor.  Mr. Garrison filed a federal citizen action suit in 2018 alleging that New Fashion Pork had violated the federal Read…