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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
Farmobile LLC

Farmobile secured a complete defense victory in enterprise-threatening trade secret litigation.

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 | September 03, 2021
Kansas Ag-Gag Law Update - September 2021
Blog | August 11, 2021
Anatomy of a Beer Label: Part III
Blog | August 11, 2021
Arkansas Ag Gag Update
Blog | August 09, 2021
Update on Cattle Checkoff
Blog | August 04, 2021
Anatomy of a Beer Label: Part II
Blog | June 29, 2021
Update on Union Access to Property
Blog | April 08, 2021
Kansas Ag-Gag Update
Blog | December 09, 2020
Meatless Meat Update XII
Blog | November 11, 2020
Meatless Meat Update XI
Articles | October 26, 2020
Marijuana Venture: Innovation on the Rise
Blog | October 21, 2020
Meatless Meat Regulatory Update
Blog | October 08, 2020
Update on Meatless Meat
Blog | October 08, 2020
Update on Minnesota Farm Winery
Blog | June 19, 2020
North Carolina Ag-Gag Law Update
Blog | June 12, 2020
Ag-Gag Law Update (June 2020)
Blog | June 04, 2020
Meatless Meat Update X
Blog | April 20, 2020
Update on Checkoff Dues
Blog | April 14, 2020
Meatless Meat Update IX
Blog | February 27, 2020
Meatless Meat Update VIII
Blog | February 05, 2020
Ag-Gag Law Update VIII
Blog | February 04, 2020
Meatless Meat Update VII
Blog | January 03, 2020
Latest Iowa "Ag Gag" Law Update
Blog | December 04, 2019
Proposition 12 Update
Blog | November 07, 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 03, 2019
July Iowa "Ag Gag" Law Update
Blog | July 03, 2019
Udder Nonsense Update
Blog | July 01, 2019
Tennessee Alcohol Update
Blog | May 09, 2019
Minnesota Wine Regulation
Blog | April 24, 2019
Iowa "Ag Gag" Law Update
Alerts | April 04, 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 06, 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 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 02, 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 | 2019
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 05, 2018
Compelled Speech
Speaking Engagements | August 24 - 26, 2021
Speaker, From "Cruelty-Free" to "Sustainable"; What Does it Mean and How Do You Capture Public Sentiment Without Exposing Your Company?, Digital Animal Health Summit

Husch Blackwell attorney Mike Annis will speak at the Kansas City Animal Health Corridor's Digital Animal Health Summit.

Speaking Engagements | August 24 - 26, 2021
Speaker, "Regulatory Update: Cell-Based Meats + OTC Animal Products + CBD + Feed Additives," Digital Animal Health Summit

Husch Blackwell attorney Emily Lyons will speak at the Kansas City Animal Health Corridor's Digital Animal Health Summit.

Webinar | December 2020
Minimizing Agricultural Loan Distress
Seminars | October 2, 2019
The Business of Beer 2019
Media Mentions | February 16, 2021
NACS News: Cannabis Industry Grows on Capitol Hill
News Releases | February 08, 2021
Husch Blackwell Ramps Up Washington, DC, Growth Plans
News Releases | December 18, 2020
Husch Blackwell Elects 23 to 2021 Partnership Class

Women comprise 57 percent of the 2021 partnership class.

Media Mentions | August 24, 2020
Kansas City Business Journal: Virtual Husch Blackwell office attracts first attorney outside firm's footprint

"This is just a great concept and I hope more firms embrace this sort of thing," Benefield said. "It gives me an opportunity to join a law firm as reputable and amazing as Husch Blackwell without having to pick up and move my family across the country to one of their offices."

News Releases | August 19, 2020
Husch Blackwell Scores Eighth Circuit Win for Farmobile in Trade Secret Dispute

The earlier court ruling granted summary judgment to Farmobile.

News Releases | May 19, 2020
Husch Blackwell Represents Schwazze in Landmark Cannabis Transaction

The transaction is the first to close after a change in Colorado law pursuant to House Bill 19-1090, allowing for publicly traded companies to own Colorado cannabis licenses.

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 03, 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-December 2019
The Nebraska Bar: NSBA Member Spotlights
News Releases | October 01, 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.

News Releases | August 06, 2019
Greater Omaha Chamber Names Kamron Hasan to Leadership Omaha

Based in Omaha, Hasan has played a key role in several of Husch Blackwell’s most recent litigation victories.

Media Mentions | August 01, 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 05, 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 04, 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 01, 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 04, 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 07, 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. 

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

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