Saving the Family Farm: The Sum of the Parts Always Equal the Whole?

The U.S. Department of the Treasury this summer fired “a warning shot across the bow” of family farmers who want to keep their farm in the family. Here’s how. Transitioning the Family Farm Farmer Dan owns a very profitable walnut farm outside Merced, California. Dan wants to pass ownership of the farm at his death…

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Strategic Branding: Use and Registration of Cannabis Related Trademarks

With the legal marijuana industry experiencing rapid growth (up roughly 26% from 2015), many companies engaged in marijuana related business ventures, of both the medicinal and recreational varieties, understand the importance of brand growth through trademark registration and protection. There are currently 25 U.S. states that have legalized the use of medical marijuana, with Ohio…

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Use of DISCs For Export Tax Incentives in Farming

U.S. producers and distributors of goods for export are often advised to consider using an interest charge domestic international sales corporation (the “IC-DISC”). This special entity can give exporters enormous tax savings. Unfortunately, due to their use of cooperatives, farmers have more difficulty using DISCs than other kinds of exporters. While industry representatives are working…

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EMPLOYMENT LAW ISSUES IN FOOD, BEVERAGES & AgTECH

Employers must comply with both Federal and state employment laws and regulations. Most companies face the challenge of keeping up to date with the ever changing landscape of employment laws and regulations which typically vary from state to state. While there are a host of employment law issues that companies must be aware of and…

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