Agricultural Law

 

Agriculture remains the backbone of our local economy.  I represent growers, ranchers, food processors, and distributors.  Production in the Central Valley includes almonds, cotton, grapes, stone fruit (peaches, plums, and nectarines), and raisins.
 

For the past several years I have attended the annual meeting of the American Agricultural Law Association, which provides an opportunity to discuss ag interests with lawyers, economists, and academics from around the country.  I have extensive experience in drafting and reviewing co-packing and manufacturing agreements for a variety of food products and beverages.
 

Issues in agricultural law include:

  • Agreements between growers and packers 
  • Claims based on the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) 
  • Contract drafting and interpretation 
  • Distribution agreements 
  • Land rights
  • Taxation of farmers
     
  • This is a fundamental concept -- land is the means of production for agriculture.  An attorney cannot practice agricultural law unless he or she has a solid grasp of real property law.  My practice has always included real estate law.

     

    The goal is to protect clients for committing expensive mistakes, faults in the documents, errors in the figures and other problems that could lead to litigation.

     

    Real estate issues that we have handled regularly include purchase and sale transactions, options, easements, foreclosures, leases, and evictions.