Program News

  1. Preparing for a Crop Insurance Audit

    Jan 6, 2020

    A difficult economic year for crop production typically leads to more crop insurance claims that trigger the automatic crop insurance audit procedure.  In our newest law bulletin for the National Agricultural Law Center, we explain the audit procedure and present strategies for preparing documentation for a crop insurance audit.  Read the new bulletin here. 

  2. Labor and Employment Risks Webinar

    Dec 16, 2019

    The National Agricultural Law Center opens its new year of monthly webinars with "2020 Vision: Finding Clarity on Labor and Employment Risks in the New Year ."  The webinar on January 15, 2020 will feature attorneys Brandon Davis and Nathan Huff from the law offices of Phelps Dunbar in New Orleans and Raleigh.  U.S. agri-business entities must adjust to a rapidly changing labor and employment scenario. The U.S.

  3. AALA Distinguished Service Award recipients

    Happy Anniversary, American Agricultural Law Association!

    Nov 12, 2019

    Perhaps the only positive result of the 1980s farm financial crisis was the birth of the  American Agricultural Law Association.  Attorneys helping farmers through those challenging times founded the AALA.  Fast forward 40 years, when over 400 attorneys gathered in Washington, DC for AALA's 40th anniversary conference.  Past AALA Distinguished Service Award recipients, including OSU's Peggy Kirk Hall, gathered for a photo. For more about this fantastic organization, visit this link.

  4. Bachelor moves on to private practice

    Oct 18, 2019

    Best wishes to Evin Bachelor as he leaves his fellowship with the Farm Office.  Evin will be practicing law with our good friends at Wright & Moore Law Co. LPA in Delaware, Ohio.  He's an excellent addition to an already outstanding agricultural law firm.  You’ll continue to see his work on the Farm Office, however, as we’ll be contracting with Evin on a few more finance and farm transition projects in the next year.  Evin’s time with OSU is over, but our work with Evin will continue!

  5. New law bulletin series focuses on farm financial agreements

    Oct 14, 2019

    The Financing the Farm law bulletin series provides new and beginning farmers with an overview of the most commonly used documents in agricultural finance. Each law bulletin covers a different type of financial agreement, and explains basic terminology, fundamental legal requirements, and how the arrangement is used in farming operations.

  6. Ohio Department of Agriculture photo of hemp plants

    Legal or not? New law bulletin addresses growing industrial hemp in Ohio

    Sep 6, 2019

    There's a lot of buzz these days about growing hemp as an agricultural crop, but it's not yet legal to do so in Ohio.  We've written a new law bulletin to explain the status of federal and state laws on hemp.  Read the law bulletin here, and be sure to follow the Ohio Ag Law Blog to learn when it will be legal to begin growing and processing hemp in Ohio.

  7. Image of youth by Ohio State University CFAES

    Trying to understand youth labor laws for farms? We can help!

    Aug 26, 2019

    Our newest Law Bulletin tackles a tricky topic:  labor laws that apply to youth working on farms.  Make sure you know the rules, which we explain in Youth Labor on the Farm:  Laws Farmers Need to Know, available here.

  8. Check out our new Farmland Owner's Guide to Solar Leasing

    Aug 14, 2019

    Large scale solar development is on the rise and so is solar leasing.  With support from USDA and the National Agricultural Law Center, we've written a guide to help farmland owners decide if leasing farmland for solar energy is a good decision for the farm and family.  Check out the guide here, and go here for our solar leasing checklist.

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    Keeping up with state cottage food laws

    Jul 7, 2019

    Cottage food production is a hot industry, so we've compiled all of the state "cottage food" laws that allow people to make certain low-risk foods in their homes with minimal regulatory requirements.  Find the compilation on the website of our partner, the National Agricultural Law Center, here.   The National Agriculture Library at USDA funded this research.

  10. Taking care of business: OSU at National Farm Business Conference

    Jun 17, 2019

    OSU's Farm Office took a road trip to the National Farm Business Conference in Sheboygan, Wisconsin to learn more about hot topics in farm management, including our own presentations on farmland leases, LLCs, solar leases, small farm programs and measures of dairy farm competitiveness.  The group heard Craig Culver share how he built Culver's restaurants and Karen Kelley tell how she turned a Wisconsin dairy  into a creamery and ended up on Good Morning America.  Visit here for more on the conference.