More important, landowners are usually better off having a reasonable easement in place than losing rights to the property through eminent domain or other authority.RELATED CONTENT
Your crop insurance policy requires that disputes about a denial be handled through mediation or arbitration. In our experience, arbitration is the better route.RELATED CONTENT
The passage of a 2012 farm bill is obviously an issue of great importance for farmers and ranchers throughout the Midwest and Northern Plains.RELATED CONTENT
I recently spoke at the International Legislators Forum, which is an annual meeting of legislators from Manitoba, Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota put on by the Consensus Council. The forum “provides an opportunity for delegates to share information, understand problems, build relationships and develop collaborative agreements on a wide variety of issues.” I spoke on a panel about landowner perspectives related toRELATED CONTENT
As the political parties gear up for the elections this fall, I thought it would be helpful to offer a brief review of a few agencies that regulate energy development, and often make decisions that affect landowners.RELATED CONTENT
On-farm visits beneficial to understanding issues farmers and ranchers faceRELATED CONTENT
BISMARCK, N.D. — With three active insolvency proceedings being administered by the North Dakota Public Service Commission, and another North Dakota grain elevator in dire straits, it seems a good time to revisit some of the basic laws related to grain elevator and buyer insolvencies. While the laws related to these insolvencies can be complex, there are a few basic issues that farmers should be aware of.RELATED CONTENT
BISMARCK, N.D. — In the days of the Wild West, disputes over trespassing livestock likely were resolved more often by a neighborly agreement, or perhaps by finding out who was the quicker draw. Since that time, a substantial body of law has developed regarding the liability of livestock owners when their cattle or other livestock cause damage to property of another.RELATED CONTENT
BISMARCK, N.D. — It appears that Punxsutawney Phil was mistaken, and an early spring has arrived in North Dakota. Along with the arrival of spring, is the arrival of spring showers (and in most years, snow melt) which leads to fields and pastures full of puddles, ponds, streams and sloughs. As a landowner, it is important to understand your rights and responsibilities with regard to those puddles, ponds, streams and sloughs.RELATED CONTENT
BISMARCK, N.D. — We’ve cautioned readers in the past to tread carefully when entering into grain purchase contracts because of the grain market’s entrance into the big business world.RELATED CONTENT
BISMARCK, N.D. — There are likely few farmers and ranchers who are not well-acquainted with the myriad of federal farm programs. Most are aware that they can seek reconsideration from the county committee of an adverse decision under these programs. Not all may be aware that they also have the option of appealing an adverse decision through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Appeals Division.
BISMARCK, N.D. — The repercussions of the North Dakota oil boom are being felt throughout the state, and even throughout the nation. One effect of the ever-expanding oil industry is that farmers and ranchers now have to decide whether to grant an easement to that oil, pipeline, road construction or other company who has constructed a path to the middle of a wheat field or calving pasture.
BISMARCK, N.D. — With the small grains harvest in full swing in North Dakota, it is a good time to revisit some legal issues that relate to grain marketing by farmers.