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Agriculture

A Strong Link in a Complex Chain

Agriculture and food production are part of a complex, global supply chain. Agriculture-based businesses face a broad range of issues that can impact productivity and profitability, including land use and environmental concerns; government regulatory issues; the constant evolution of biotechnology, GMOs, and agricultural chemicals; industry consolidation; food safety concerns; and supply chain and global trade complexities.

Our attorneys help agribusiness clients meet these challenges by providing pragmatic and forward-thinking advice so they can grow and thrive in a competitive and ever-changing industry. From family farms to large agribusiness conglomerates, and the companies that service both, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr attorneys represent clients in the agriculture sector with the breadth of experience and capabilities necessary to address the complexities of modern agricultural production and to devise holistic approaches and solutions.

We represent clients across the spectrum of agricultural production and distribution, including:

  • Livestock and crop producers
  • Ingredient companies
  • Processors and contract manufacturers
  • Vineyards and wineries
  • Agrichemical companies
  • Family-owned farms
  • Agribusiness corporations and cooperatives
  • Agribusiness licensors
  • Equipment manufacturers
  • Dairies

We handle a variety of matters for our agriculture clients, ranging from tax and estate planning to real estate and regulatory and administrative matters before federal, state, and local governments. We serve our rural clients with the caliber and sophistication of traditional large-market firms while maintaining our down-to-earth, collaborative approach to problem-solving, strategy, complex transactions and litigation.

Our practice also includes serving large agricultural producers, processors, transloaders, brokers, vendors and agents in business-to-business transactions as well as business-to-consumer transactions. Understanding how each part of the food chain works as well as having intimate knowledge of inputs for ag-based business are key to providing effective advocacy and to counseling clients in successful business operations.

In addition, we represent funds, including private equity funds, venture capital funds, wealth funds, strategic investors and family offices, in direct investing into farm land, agricultural operations, ag infrastructure, both within a fund cycle and in elongated investment positions. Our clients range from U.S.-based investors to non-U.S. investors who have interests in the United States and abroad.

Our team in Florida frequently handles real estate, procurement, permitting and regulatory matters for clients before water management districts and various cities and counties across the state.

  • We represent agricultural land owners before county property appraisers and Value Adjustment Boards in agricultural property classification and taxation matters.
  • We have represented clients before the United States Department of Agriculture, Florida Department of Agriculture, and Consumer Services in quasi-judicial, administrative and regulatory matters.
  • We assist our agribusiness clients in debt collection matters.
  • We have successfully represented clients before South Florida Water Management District by negotiating cattle grazing lease agreements for ranchers, assisting clients in the purchase of surplus government lands, design-build contracts to complete environmental and water infrastructure projects, Water Use and Right of Way permit transfers and applications, and exchanges of interests in real property.

 

Recognition

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Contacts

Cathleen M. Devlin
Kermit J. Nash
Alfred W. Coleman