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…

One Step Closer to Hemp Production in Iowa

By: Tess Pocock | 10.31.2019

Today, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) released its interim final rule for nationwide legal hemp production. This is an important step toward hemp production in Iowa. Hemp production took a hiatus in the U.S. when, in the 1970s, it was classified as controlled substance. That all changed in the 2018 Farm Bill which Read…

Hemp Fields of Opportunities

By: BrownWinick | 10.21.2019

There’s a lot of hype around hemp these days. Hemp products, including CBD, or cannabidiol, seem to be all over the market. Indeed, uses for hemp seem endless. The hemp plant can be used for anything from paper to therapeutic oils to rope and have even been considered for food products. Legislation was previously passed Read…

BrownWinick Attorneys Named to 2020 Best Lawyers List

By: BrownWinick | 08.15.2019

BrownWinick is pleased to announce that 24 lawyers have been included in the 2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers® has published their list for more than three decades, earning the respect of the profession, the media, Read…

Agricultural Production Facility Fraud Law Found Unconstitutional

By: Amy Johnson | 01.10.2019

On Wednesday, January 9, 2019, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa Central Division found in favor of a number of anti-ag industry groups; including ICCI and PETA – in a case involving the constitutionality of Iowa’s Agricultural Production Facility Fraud Law (commonly known as the “Ag-Gag Law”).   The Court’s determination Read…

BrownWinick Attorneys Named to 2019 Best Lawyers® List

By: BrownWinick | 08.16.2018

BrownWinick is pleased to announce that 27 lawyers have been included in the 2019 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers has published their list for over three decades, earning the respect of the profession, the media, and the Read…

Marijuana is Coming (even to Iowa)

By: BrownWinick | 07.13.2018

As marijuana  continues to trend toward the mainstream, states are adopting and reaping the benefits of legalizing the leaf. The marijuana market was valued at nearly $9 billion last year (2017) and is expected to quintuple, rolling up to $50 billion by 2026. 31 states plus the District of Columbia (D.C.) have legalized marijuana in Read…

Gacke Lives

By: Amy Johnson | 06.22.2018

The Iowa Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion this morning reversing a Wapello County ruling that Iowa Code Section 657.11(2) was unconstitutional as applied to plaintiffs in a swine nuisance case.  The result being that for a court to determine that Iowa Code Section 657.11(2) is unconstitutional in its application to a specific plaintiff, a Read…

What the $50 Million Swine Nuisance Verdict Could Mean for Midwestern Producers

By: Michael Blaser | 05.04.2018

Michael Blaser, an agribusiness attorney at BrownWinick, was quoted in an article titled, “What the $50 Million Swine Nuisance Verdict Could Mean for Midwestern Producers,” in the April 30, 2018 online edition of Successful Farming at Agriculture.com. Read…

IDAHO CASE PROVIDES POSITIVE PRECEDENT FOR AG PROTECTION ACT

By: Michael Blaser | 01.12.2018

To Our Clients: The Iowa Legislature passed H.F. 589, “Agriculture Production Facility Fraud,” codified as Iowa Code section 717A.3A in 2012. This statute is commonly referred to as the ‘Ag-gag’ law or the Ag-Fraud law. The Ag-Fraud law in Iowa criminalizes: “a) obtaining access to an agricultural production facility by false pretenses; and b) making Read…