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AGRICULTURAL LAW

Agricultural law is a collaborative practice area at Friday, Eldredge & Clark, drawing on the talents of our most experienced lawyers across nearly all of our transactional, regulatory, and litigation practice areas. We understand the wide variety of legal issues faced by farmers and agribusinesses, and our lawyers are experienced in all facets of agricultural law.

In addition to representing large agribusinesses, cooperatives, and individual farmers, we also represent large non-profit organizations that work to address the entire spectrum of public policy and governance issues facing agriculture. Our experience with those organizations provides a breadth of knowledge and experience that serves our clients well.

Focused on Clients

  • Large agribusinesses
  • Non-profit organizations who focus on agriculture issues (including the leading poultry industry association)
  • Suppliers (such as suppliers of pesticides and agricultural chemicals)
  • Food processors (such as poultry and other livestock processors)
  • Agricultural producers
  • Family-owned farms and agricultural companies
  • Individual farmers
  • Cooperatives

Focused on Services

Antitrust - Several agricultural cooperatives have relied on our firm for a successful defense against antitrust claims in federal court. We also counsel agricultural industry associations on the antitrust implications of discussions between direct competitors, information exchanges, and attempts to set industry standards.

Family Business and Succession Planning - Family-owned farms and agricultural companies pose unique estate and tax planning challenges, and our lawyers are skilled in all aspects of business asset and succession planning. We help agricultural clients achieve personal and business objectives through effective corporate and tax strategies that emphasize estate planning, business succession planning, and financial and liquidity planning.

Litigation – We are able to handle all litigation matters involving agriculture and agribusiness, including personal injury claims on farms, business disputes, drift claims, environmental matters, and the appeal of regulatory matters from government agencies.   

Government Relations & Regulatory Matters - Our firm represents industry associations and individual agribusiness companies on matters involving their relations with Arkansas state government and issues before regulatory bodies such as the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality.

Labor and Employment - We have handled both the labor relations and employee benefits work for the turkey processing operations of a major meat processing company.

Tax - We successfully represented a major food processor in restructuring the Arkansas manufacturing tax exemption on tangible personal property used directly in manufacturing and processing, so that it achieves the necessary public policy objectives while supporting our client's competitive objectives.

Focused on our Team

Our team of lawyers can handle all your agricultural law needs with a collaborative and learned focus you need.

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