Gangster Weeds, the National Hemp Germplasm Collection, and other legal news to ponder from Cape Law Firm
Herbicide-resistant weeds keep assaulting the Farm
Glufosinate-resistant pigweed was confirmed in Northeast Arkansas earlier this month, adding an additional burden to growers that use a tight rotation of herbicide-tolerant crop technologies in soybeans, cotton ,and corn. Weed resistance to popular synthetic herbicides is not new, but it does continue to challenge production systems that have come to rely on herbicide traits as a primary farming tool.
USDA creating hemp germplasm collection
The USDA is stepping in to solve some of the most vexing problems facing the fledgling domestic hemp industry. Through a series of projects, the USDA is putting its considerable resources into making hemp production a successful option for farmers and businesses. The projects include:
- A national hemp germplasm collection to develop quality hemp seed genetics.
- Agronomic research to provide growers with reliable information for producing hemp for various end-uses.
- Developing standardized hemp sampling analysis for use by testing labs.
- Grants to hemp operators to examine supply chain systems from plant breeding and cultivation, to industrial processing.
Move over Wagu – we’ve got the Beef!
Poss Deadwood, a black Angus bull from Poss Angus Ranch, recently sold for $900,000 – the second-highest sales price for an Angus bull in history. We often focus on crop genetics in our newsletter, but the search for top-quality genetics is important in all aspects of agriculture – including beef production. We’re always in support of genetic improvement in U.S. agriculture – it gives us bigger, better, tastier, and more sustainable food – and who doesn’t want that!?!
Happy National FFA Week!
There is no finer organization for creating the next generation of agriculturalists, and this week celebrates the incredible impact Future Farmers of America has on our nation’s youth involved in agriculture. Be sure to support your local chapter!
Cape Law Firm’s Frequently (or Randomly) Asked Questions
“Is an oral agreement for a land sale enforceable?”
Generally, No. Most states have a “Statute of Frauds” which is basically a list of contracts that must be in writing to be enforceable. Nearly all real estate transactions (i.e., sales, leases, transfers, etc.) must be in a writing and contain the “essential terms,” (identification of the parties, description of the property, and the price). There may be instances where the absence of a written contract for a land transaction is still enforceable, but they are rare. For example, if the parties have exchanged money or improvements have been made to the property, they may be required to complete the transaction under a theory of estoppel or hardship. Even if the transaction is not enforceable, the parties will be able to get other remedies if they have taken action in reliance on the deal being completed.