Business Law

Business Law Annual Review 2015

New Laws Impacting Agriculture for 2015

Dennis Albiani

Every year a host of laws are enacted in California that impact farmers and other agriculture businesses. 2014 was no exception. The year started with the introduction of several controversial measures that would have impacted the agriculture industry, including strict regulation of antibiotics used in livestock production, mandatory labeling of food containing GMO ingredients, further restrictions on crop protection materials including neonicotinoids, and revisions to the milk pricing formula to redistribute end product value. However, these measures either failed to pass the legislature or were vetoed by the Governor.

Ultimately, the new laws that were enacted and that impact farmers, ag suppliers, and processors did not amend the Food and Agriculture Code, but are more broad-based employment and water related.

Below is a short synopsis of some of the new statutes of which every practitioner advising businesses within the agriculture industry should be aware.

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