A Word of Warning on Saved Seeds

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Tractor with square baler baying wheat straw.  Image is by Dennis Pennington, Bioenergy Educator, Michigan State University Extension from flickr.com

I recently wrote a column for Progressive Forage discussing saved seed laws and how these laws can impact seed selection in forage operations.  The column highlights patent law and the Plant Variety Protection Act (PVPA) and the penalties associated with each law. Continue reading

Pesticide Drift and Your Legal Liability

 

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Image of round bales in a field.  The image is by Tana Griffith 

 

I recently contributed a column to Progressive Forage magazine for the April 2018 edition.  The column covers issues associated with pesticide drift and forage production.  The column covers previous court decisions involving pesticide drift liability to give an applicator a sense of what courts are looking at in determining liability.  Finally, the column covers what you should do if you suspect drift damage. Continue reading

Developing a Contact for Your Custom Service Operation

 

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Hay bales in field.  Image is by Jeanne via Flickr.

 

I recently I contributed an article to Progressive Forage magazine for the January 2018 edition.  The article focuses on developing a contract to ensure you get paid for services in the coming season.  This is an important issue that producers and custom operators should consider before the new season is upon us. The article highlights what is required in the majority of states to be a valid contract.

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Getting Paid For Your Services

 

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Image by peggydavis66 via flickr.com

 

I recently wrote an article for Progressive Forage that was recently published.  The article covers that critical question, how do you get paid for custom services, such as custom swathing and baling.  A few states have laws that create automatic liens in the crop harvested or swathed and baled.  But the majority of states offer custom operators no automatic lien.  In those states, custom operators should consider developing a standard contract to use to help the operator get paid.

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