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Producing industrial hemp: Laws & regulations

Producing industrial hemp: Laws & regulations

Research Highlights  »  Economics and Law The Problem: Many states have enacted industrial hemp laws since the passage of the 2014 Farm Bill. Although these laws have similarities across the U.S., each state has noticeably different content in the specific details of...

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Understanding dicamba-related litigation

Understanding dicamba-related litigation

Research Highlights  »  Economics and Law The Problem: Since the approval of dicamba-based herbicides for in-crop use, hundreds of lawsuits have been filed against chemical companies marketing these products, with claims of harm caused by the herbicides.   The...

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Meat Processing Laws: A State Compilation

Meat Processing Laws: A State Compilation

The processing of livestock is governed on a national level, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS) is given primary authority for oversight. However, this authority may be designated to a state agency, as long as the state requirements…

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Nuisance lawsuits and right to farm statutes

Nuisance lawsuits and right to farm statutes

As people move from densely populated areas to rural settings there is inevitably conflict between farmers and their new neighbors concerning nuisance issues such as odor, noise, and dust. All 50 states have enacted right-to-farm laws that seek to protect qualifying farmers and ranchers from nuisance lawsuits…

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Global benefits of public plant breeding programs

Global benefits of public plant breeding programs

What social and economic impacts do publicly funded breeding programs have? Division of Agriculture researchers investigated the impact of the Arkansas rice breeding program. Dr. Lanier Nalley was the corresponding author of “Estimating the Benefits of Public Plant Breeding…

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