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Food & Agribusiness

Smart agribusiness legal solutions that help our clients grow their businesses.

From family farms to global operations, Husch Blackwell’s food and agribusiness clients feed the world, and we’re with them every step of the way. Our food and agribusiness legal and business advice helps them meet today’s challenges and leverage opportunities to grow and thrive.

Our legal professionals are driving an agricultural revolution. Across the industry, from gene editing, drone and other agricultural technology to alcohol and cannabis, our agribusiness lawyers help clients capitalize on changes in production, processing, distribution and regulation of food.

Case Study
Conagra Brands

Our team clarified important points of law regarding CBAs in this class action suit. 

Client Success
Lansing Trade Group Acquired by The Andersons in Complex Deal

Husch Blackwell represented Lansing Trade Group, LLC, a leading handler of commodities, in its acquisition by The Andersons.

Blog | February 27, 2020
Meatless Meat Update VIII
Blog | February 5, 2020
Ag-Gag Law Update VIII
Blog | February 4, 2020
Meatless Meat Update VII
Blog | January 3, 2020
Latest Iowa "Ag Gag" Law Update
Blog | December 4, 2019
Proposition 12 Update
Blog | November 7, 2019
Meatless Meat Update VI
Blog | October 21, 2019
Update on California Proposition 12
Blog | October 15, 2019
Update on Meatless Meet Negotiations
Blog | September 16, 2019
Meatless Meat Update IV
Blog | July 30, 2019
Minnesota Wine Update
Blog | July 10, 2019
Update: Meatless Meat
Blog | July 3, 2019
July Iowa "Ag Gag" Law Update
Blog | July 3, 2019
Udder Nonsense Update
Blog | July 1, 2019
Tennessee Alcohol Update
Blog | May 9, 2019
Minnesota Wine Regulation
Blog | April 24, 2019
Iowa "Ag Gag" Law Update
Alerts | April 4, 2019
Clarity at Last? FDA Announces Plans for Meeting on Cannabis-Derived Compounds

On Wednesday, April 3, 2019, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced plans to hold a meeting to discuss its regulatory approach to products that contain cannabis and cannabis-derived compounds, including cannabidiol (CBD).

Blog | March 27, 2019
Update: Ag-Gag Law
Blog | March 12, 2019
New Ag-Gag Law Update
Alerts | March 6, 2019
Colorado Poised to Pass Major Marijuana-Related Legislation

The State of Colorado has taken a major step towards opening its marijuana industry to outside investment in what could be a transformative piece of legislation.

Blog | January 17, 2019
Update on California Egg Law
Blog | January 16, 2019
The Latest Ag-Gag Law Update
Blog | January 10, 2019
The Latest Foie Gras Update
Articles | January 3, 2019
Cannabis Business Times: 2018 Farm Bill: Opportunities in Hemp

Distributing more than $850 billion, the 2018 Farm Bill is an enormous piece of legislation that funds programs such as crop insurance, school lunches and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Integrated into the Farm Bill is the bipartisan-supported Hemp Farming Act of 2018. Steve Levine and Ben Jones explain in this article.

Blog | January 2, 2019
Packers & Stockyard Act Update
Blog | December 27, 2018
Meatless Meat Update
Blog | December 27, 2018
California Foie Gras/Egg Update
Blog | November 28, 2018
Dusky Frog Update III
White Papers | November 19, 2018
Insurance Risk in Cannabis Operations: Theory versus Practice

Cannabis industry participants face heightened risks when purchasing and using insurance products.

White Papers | November 15, 2018
Due Diligence in Cannabis Transactions

While the basic principles of due diligence still apply, vetting existing marijuana and hemp businesses presents some unique variables and risks.

Blog | November 13, 2018
Ag-Gag Update
Blog | November 5, 2018
Compelled Speech
Blog | October 8, 2018
Latest Dusky Frog Update
Blog | September 28, 2018
Gerawan Farms Update
Blog | September 28, 2018
Missouri Meatless Meat Statute
Articles | September 19, 2018
Sacramento Business Journal: Husch Blackwell attorney explores California's laws and regulations on emerging cannabis industry

Steve Levine discusses the current state of cannabis law in California.

Blog | June 29, 2018
RBST False Advertising Case
Blog | June 20, 2018
Foie Gras Update
Blog | June 13, 2018
Compulsory Arbitration Update
Blog | June 7, 2018
Ag-Gag Law Update
Blog | May 29, 2018
California Ban On Foie Gras
Blog | May 9, 2018
California Egg Update
Blog | February 22, 2018
Dusky Frog Update
Blog | January 16, 2018
Ag-Gag Law Update
Blog | December 26, 2017
Husch Blackwell Expands to California
Blog | December 19, 2017
California Egg Update
Blog | December 18, 2017
Wisconsin Tightens Air Quality Standards
Blog | October 12, 2017
Ag-Gag Law Update
Blog | August 21, 2017
Update of Markle
Blog | July 17, 2017
Update on Ag-Gag Laws
Blog | June 22, 2017
“Ag Gag” Laws
Blog | June 6, 2017
Update on Egg Suit
Blog | May 24, 2017
DeCoster Update
Blog | April 25, 2017
Update on the Utah Prairie Dog
Seminars | October 2, 2019
The Business of Beer 2019
Seminars | 09/19/2018
The Business of Beer
September 19, 2018

A craft brewery’s recipe for success includes not only a lineup of great beers but also careful attention to financial and business details.

Seminars | 08/28/2018
Financing Growth: Crop Insurance
August 28, 2018

Crop insurance has been called the most important risk management tool for farmers.

Webinar | 06/29/2018
Biogas 101 - June 29, 2018

What Every Generator of Organic Waste Needs to Know:  "Green Attributes" Can Make Biogas Economic for You!

Seminars | June 28, 2018
Cannabis Law Now: Criminal Investigations June 28, 2018

Join Husch Blackwell attorneys for a deeper look at the effect of the Cole Memo rescission on federal enforcement efforts, both civil and criminal, and for analysis of what factors will drive federal enforcement moving forward. This program is geared toward cannabis business owners and will provide practical compliance tips.

Seminars | October 4, 2017
The Business of Beer
Media Mentions | January 17, 2020
5280 Magazine: Denver's Top Lawyers 2020
Media Mentions | January 17, 2020
Ag Professional: Is Hemp the New Soybean?
News Releases | December 19, 2019
Husch Blackwell Welcomes 22 New Partners

Nearly 60 percent of the firm's 2020 partnership class is comprised of women.

News Releases | December 3, 2019
Husch Blackwell's Cannabis Law Team Recognized with 2019 Top Legal Innovation Award

Husch Blackwell’s Cannabis team, led by Denver-based Steve Levine, is one of the largest such practices in the United States.

Media Mentions | November 13, 2019
The Nebraska Bar: NSBA Member Spotlights
News Releases | October 1, 2019
Benchmark Litigation's 2020 Edition Recognizes 33 Husch Blackwell Attorneys

The firm also received Benchmark’s “Highly Recommended” ranking in Missouri and Wisconsin and its “Recommended” ranking in Nebraska.

News Releases | September 16, 2019
Mark Tobey Joins Husch Blackwell's Austin Office

“Mark is a leading authority on competition and antitrust matters pertaining to agriculture,” said Steve Carman, the leader of Husch Blackwell’s Food & Agribusiness industry group.

News Releases | August 15, 2019
Husch Blackwell Places 143 Lawyers in 2020 BL Rankings' Best Lawyers in America®

The firm has eight "Lawyers of the Year" and 11 attorneys appearing on the list for the first time.

Media Mentions | August 1, 2019
Law360 Names Attys Who Moved Up the Ranks in Q2
News Releases | July 10, 2019
2019 Great Plains Super Lawyers Names Six From Husch Blackwell

Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

Media Mentions | June 10, 2019
St. Louis Business Journal: St. Louis lawyer advises marijuana brand protection — if you can get it

Mike Annis discusses the importance of trademark protection for those in the medical marijuana industry with the St. Louis Business Journal's Greg Edwards.

Media Mentions | May 10, 2019
Milwaukee Business Journal: A Budding Industry
News Releases | April 30, 2019
Chambers USA Recognizes Steve Levine in Inaugural Cannabis Law Rankings

Levine, head of Husch Blackwell’s cannabis practice, is recognized by Chambers USA in inaugural nationwide Cannabis Law rankings.

Media Mentions | April 5, 2019
Kansas City Business Journal: Lawyer: Business law in the cannabis industry is tricky

Steve Levine discusses the intricacies of setting up a medical marijuana business in Missouri with James Dornbrook of the Kansas City Business Journal. Lawyer: Business law in the cannabis industry is tricky

News Releases | April 4, 2019
JD Supra Honors Three Husch Blackwell Thought Leaders

The Readers’ Choice Awards reflect a deep dive into JD Supra's reader data in 26 established categories.

News Releases | April 1, 2019
Husch Blackwell Names Marnie Jensen Office Managing Partner of Omaha Office

Marnie Jensen succeeds Todd Richardson as managing partner of Husch Blackwell's Omaha office.

Media Mentions | March 24, 2019
Safety + Health: Clearing the air on marijuana
News Releases | February 28, 2019
Seth Mailhot Joins Husch Blackwell's Washington, DC and Sacramento, CA Offices

Seth Mailhot, who has over 20 years of experience with all aspects of FDA regulation, brings to Husch Blackwell a practice that is broad in scope.

News Releases | January 4, 2019
5280 Magazine Recognizes Steve Levine as Leader in Cannabis Law

Steve Levine, who has represented clients in the cannabis industry since 2010, has been named a 5280 magazine Top Lawyer in Marijuana Law for the fourth year in a row.

News Releases | December 19, 2018
Glynias Named Missouri Lawyers Weekly "Influential Appellate Advocate" for 2019

Missouri Lawyers Weekly has named Joe Glynias a 2019 "Influential Appellate Advocate," a recognition honoring the lawyers behind the most significant appellate decisions of the year.

News Releases | December 10, 2018
Husch Blackwell Elects 25 to Partnership
Media Mentions | November 7, 2018
Kansas City Business Journal: Potential issues posed by medical marijuana

Christopher Ottele discusses potential labor issues for employers as a result of Missouri voters' approval to legalize medical marijuana. 

Media Mentions | October 25, 2018
Law.com Higher Law: A 'Green Wave' Legalization Blueprint (log-in required)

Law.com mention's Marshall Custer's interview with Slate's "Working" podcast about his six years working in cannabis law.

Media Mentions | October 21, 2018
Slate: How Does a Marijuana Lawyer Do His Job? (AUDIO)

Meet Marshall Custer, who co-leads the cannabis law practice at Husch Blackwell (This 47:15 podcast is part of Slate's "Working" series).

Listen to the podcast.

News Releases | October 16, 2018
Husch Blackwell Represents Lansing Trade Group in $300 Million Sale

Husch Blackwell represented Lansing Trade Group, LLC in its acquisition by The Andersons, Inc.

News Releases | October 11, 2018
Benchmark Litigation Recognizes 28 Husch Blackwell Attorneys

Husch Blackwell is recognized as a top litigation firm in the 2019 edition of Benchmark Litigation, with 28 attorneys across six offices listed.

News Releases | October 2, 2018
Steve Levine Selected as 2018 National Law Journal Cannabis Law Trailblazer

Husch Blackwell's Steve Levine has been named a "Cannabis Law Trailblazer" for 2018 by the National Law Journal.

News Releases | September 13, 2018
Missouri Lawyers Weekly Names Three Husch Blackwell Associates to 2018 ‘Up & Coming' List

Missouri Lawyers Weekly has named Tanya Maerz, Christina Pyle and Michael Raupp to its 2018 Up & Coming List.

News Releases | September 5, 2018
Husch Blackwell Places 10 Attorneys in 2018 IFLR 1000 United States

Ten Husch Blackwell attorneys have earned rankings in the IFLR 1000, a directory of leading transactional attorneys. The firm also earned rankings in three state jurisdictions.

Media Mentions | August 31, 2018
Missouri Lawyers Weekly: Missouri Lawyers Media to honor 45 with Up & Coming Awards

Tanya Maerz, Christina Pyle and Michael Raupp are named 2018 Up & Coming Lawyers by Missouri Lawyers Media.

News Releases | August 24, 2018
Husch Blackwell Prevails for Farmobile in Trade Secret Litigation Against Farmers Edge

In the Court’s May ruling granting summary judgment to Farmobile, U.S. District Judge Joseph Bataillon dismissed all claims brought by
Farmers Edge.

Media Mentions | August 16, 2018
Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

Law 360 highlighted Husch Blackwell as a "Legal Lion" as a result of the Eighth Circuit's dismissal of a proposed class action accusing ConAgra of not paying workers at an Arkansas facility for time they spent donning and doffing protective gear.

News Releases | August 9, 2018
Husch Blackwell Secures Appellate Victory for ConAgra in FLSA Litigation

A Husch Blackwell appellate victory successfully ended a proposed class action that alleged violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and Arkansas Minimum Wage Act (AMWA). 

Media Mentions | June 11, 2018
Above the Law: High Times For Cannabis Law Blogs External Link

Husch Blackwell’s Cannabis Law Now blog is highlighted among a number of law firm blogs devoted to cannabis law.

Media Mentions | May 11, 2018
Milwaukee Business Journal Table of Experts: The ESOP Advantage

This Table of Experts segment features Mark Welker discussing the potential advantages of Employee Stock Ownership Plans.

News Releases | May 10, 2018
Husch Blackwell's Fang Shen Named Asian American Chamber President

Fang Shen was officially announced as incoming president at the AACCKC’s 15th annual gala, held May 10 at Sheraton Overland Park Hotel.

Media Mentions | May 1, 2018
Kansas City Star: Medical marijuana is one step closer to being legal in Missouri

Steve Levine draws on his experience as a top cannabis lawyer in comments to the Kansas City Star.

News Releases | April 30, 2018
Santiago Joins Husch Blackwell's Alcohol Regulatory Practice

With Adena Santiago’s arrival, Husch Blackwell’s Alcohol Regulatory practice gains added expertise in state and federal licensing issues.

Media Mentions | April 20, 2018
Corporate Counsel: What Peabody Energy GC Expects from Outside Counsel (log-in required)

Husch Blackwell retains long-time client by listening closely and responding with a well-considered approach.

Media Mentions | April 18, 2018
San Jose Inside: How San Jose Went from Being the ‘Wild West of Weed' to a Bastion for Legal Cannabis

Steve Levine comments on the evolution of San Jose’s approach to regulating cannabis.

Media Mentions | January 23, 2018
Precision Ag : Where Agriculture and Blockchain Could Meet

Bob Bowman discusses the application of Blockchain technology to the agricultural industry.

News Releases | January 3, 2018
Levine Named Top Cannabis Business Lawyer by 5280 Magazine

Steve Levine is recognized as a Top Lawyer in Marijuana Law by 5280 Magazine.

Media Mentions | October 27, 2017
Kansas City Business Journal 2017 "Best of the Bar" Lists Three Husch Blackwell Attorneys

Husch Blackwell has three attorneys on the Kansas City Business Journal 2017 "Best of the Bar."

News Releases | August 15, 2017
Husch Blackwell Places 156 Lawyers in 2018 BL Rankings' Best Lawyers in America®

The Best Lawyers in America® has listed 156 Husch Blackwell lawyers in its 2018 directory, breaking the firm’s old record of 151 set last year. The firm also has 10 attorneys listed as “Lawyers of the Year” and 15 lawyers who have made the list for the first time.

News Releases | July 24, 2017
Husch Blackwell IoT Group to Present at InfoAg
Testimonial Wade Shafer, American Simmental Association

“When we were blindsided by a patent infringement lawsuit that could have put us out of business if found meritorious, we turned to our trusted legal advisors at Husch Blackwell. The team truly delivered. Their decisive action and novel approach to our situation resulted in dismissal of the lawsuit and an order from the USPTO invalidating every claim of the asserted patents.”

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Client Results

Farmobile wins complete victory on summary judgment in trade secret litigation.

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