Agriculture Law

Moffatt Thomas attorneys have served clients in all areas of agricultural law.  Moffatt Thomas attorneys are experienced in dealing with commodity lien enforcement actions, bankruptcy proceedings protecting secured lienholders, licensing procedures involving the Idaho Department of Agriculture, crop damage litigation, drafting leases and purchase/sale agreements, conducting due diligence prior to farm sales or purchases, and many other transactions.

Practice Profile

The Agriculture Law attorneys at Moffatt Thomas have assisted in all aspects of Idaho agriculture businesses from growers to buyers and manufacturers, dairies to ranches, food processors to commodity transportation issues, and legislative issues and regulatory compliance.  Litigation, transactional document negotiation and preparation, administrative hearings before governing agencies, and business succession planning comprise many of the areas our attorneys handle for clients.


Moffatt Thomas holds membership and/or sponsors events in several AG Business Associations such as the Idaho Cooperative Council, Food Producers of Idaho, Idaho Grain Producers Association, Idaho AG Summit, Idaho Water Users Association, and the National Water Resources Association.

“The Legal Side of Agriculture.”  Moffatt Thomas has been the only law firm sponsor of the annual Idaho AG Summit, and Moffatt Thomas attorneys led all educational breakout sessions for the Leadership Idaho Agriculture conference in February, 2015 and 2016.

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Experience

Experience produces results.  From growers to buyers, dairies to ranches, food processors to commodity transportation issues, legislative issues and regulatory compliance, if you have a problem, we will help you find a solution.

News

Norman M Semanko

National Water Resources Association Names Norman M. Semanko, Moffatt Thomas Water Law Attorney, Vice Chair of NWRA Litigation Review Committee

Norman M. Semanko, Moffatt Thomas Partner and Leader of the firm’s Water/Environment/Natural Resources Law practice group, has been named by the National Water Resources Association to serve as Vice Chair of the Association's Litigation Review Committee.

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Leadership Idaho Agriculture: 2016 The Legal Side of Agriculture

The Legal Side of Agriculture. Moffatt Thomas will once again share current legal information with Leadership Idaho Agriculture Class 36 and Alumni at a half-day session on February 17, 2016.

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“New administration could mean end of WOTUS rule,” Norman M. Semanko in CapitalPress, 2016

Norman M. Semanko, Moffatt Thomas Water/Natural Resources and Environmental Law Practice Group leader and former Executive Director of the Idaho Water Users Association, addressed the Treasure Valley Irrigation Conference, stating that the Trump administration could boost agricultural water users by tossing out the newly rewritten Waters of the U.S. Rule.

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Moffatt Thomas attorney, Norm Semanko, to provide update on Federal lands and Idaho water issues at North West Property Owners Alliance Dinner & Auction

Norman M. Semanko, Moffatt Thomas water law attorney, will be the guest speaker at the second annual North West Property Owners Alliance dinner and auction in Coeur d'Alene. March 14, 2015. He will update the group on the Coeur d'Alene Spokane River Basin Adjudication Process.

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Norman M. Semako argues for North Idaho Water Rights Association

Judge Eric J. Wildman of the Coeur d’Alene-Spokane River Basin Adjudication court denied a federal motion to delay water right decrees to private property owners on the Coeur d’Alene Indian Reservation. The decision was issued following a hearing Jan. 21.

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Leadership Idaho Agriculture 2015: The Legal Side of Agriculture

Moffatt Thomas attorneys Christine E. Nicholas, Clay Gill, Ed Cather and Norm Semanko will present a half-day session for the 35th class of Leadership Idaho Agriculture on "The Legal Side of Agriculture."

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Idaho Water Users Association, Inc. Honors Individuals at 2015 Annual Convention

Nine individuals were honored on January 21, 2015 by Idaho's largest water user group, the Idaho Water Users Association, Inc., at its 78th Annual Convention in Boise. Moffatt Thomas attorney, Norm Semanko, is Executive Director and General Counsel to Idaho Water Users Association.

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Moffatt Thomas Sponsors 2015 Idaho Ag Summit

Moffatt Thomas sponsors the 2015 Idaho Ag Summit, an event attended by over 160 representatives of Idaho’s $8 billion agriculture industry.

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Moffatt Thomas Water Law Expert, Norm Semanko, Speaks to North Idaho Water Users

Federal Lands and Idaho Water Issues topic of public meetings hosted by North Idaho Water Rights Alliance and Moffatt Thomas water law attorney, Norm Semanko.

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Norman M. Semanko, Moffatt Thomas, Updates North West Property Owners Alliance on Idaho Water Adjudication

Norman M. Semanko, leader of the Moffatt Thomas Water/Environment/Natural Resources practice group, was a guest speaker at the fourth annual North West Property Owners Alliance dinner and action in Coeur d'Alene on March 11, 2017. Mr. Semanko provided the Alliance with an update on Idaho Water Adjudication.

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Chirstine E Nicholas

ABC’s of Contracts for the International Sale of Goods, a presentation to the International Law Society of Concordia University School of Law, presented by Christine E. Nicholas

"The ABC's of Contracts for the International Sale of Goods," a seminar for the International Law Society of Concordia University School of Law to be led by Moffatt Thomas attorney, Christine E. Nicholas, on Friday, March 13, 2015.

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Benjamin C Ritchie

Ben Ritchie Presents at 10/15/2015 SEI SHRM Conference: “The Interplay Among the ADA, FMLA, and Worker’s Compensation”

Moffatt Thomas attorney, Benjamin C. Ritchie, will present an employer seminar titled, “The Interplay Among the ADA, FMLA, and Worker's Compensation," at the Southeast Idaho SHRM Conference, October 15, 2015 in Idaho Falls, Idaho.

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Christine E. Nicholas, Moffatt Thomas President, Inducted into Prestigious Real Estate and Finance Organizations: ACREL and ACMA

Moffatt Thomas President, Christine E. Nicholas, has been inducted into both the American College of Real Estate Lawyers (ACREL) and the American College of Mortgage Attorneys (ACMA).

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Tyler J Anderson

Idaho AGC Lunch & Learn by Tyler J. Anderson, Moffatt Thomas – Construction Litigation Strategies.

Moffatt Thomas and the Idaho AGC host the May 4, 2017 Lunch & Learn. CONSTRUCTION LITIGATION STRATEGIES: POSITIONING FOR A PREJUDGMENT INTEREST AWARD. Presented by Tyler J. Anderson, Moffatt Thomas. Location: Idaho AGC office, 1649 Shoreline Drive, Suite 100, Boise ID 83702. Register today!

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Moffatt Thomas Attorneys Named By Best Lawyers® 2015

Eleven Moffatt Thomas attorneys were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America© 2015 (copyright by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC), for their accomplishments in the fields of commercial litigation, banking and finance law and litigation, environmental law, bankruptcy and creditor rights, construction litigation, corporate governance law, employment law-management, insurance defense, medical malpractice law, professional malpractice defense, personal injury defense, mergers and acquisitions law, mining law, and real estate law.

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Moffatt Thomas Co-Sponsors the 2014 Idaho Ag Summit

Our firm is proud to be the only law firm to be a co-sponsor of the 2014 Idaho Ag Summit, an event attended by over 160 representatives of Idaho’s $8 billion agriculture industry.

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Resources

Jamie K Moon

New OSHA Online Reporting Rule Sparks Debate in High-Risk Industries, Jamie K. Moon

On May 30, OSHA issued a final rule regarding reporting requirements for qualifying industries. The new rule (to be codified at 29 C.F.R. Part 1904) requires certain companies to report workplace injuries and illnesses data online to OSHA. This includes companies in the manufacturing, construction, trucking and farming industries, which are considered high-risk industries where workplace injuries and illnesses are typically more prevalent.

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Grazing Improvement Act, by Jetta H. Mathews

On December 19, 2014, the President signed into law changes to the permit system for grazing on public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service. The changes are part of the “Grazing Improvement Act” legislation which has been sponsored in the House by Representative Raul Labrador of Idaho, and in the Senate by Senator John Barrasso of Wyoming, in the past few years.

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C Clayton Gill

Minority Shareholder Oppression – an Equitable Remedy for a Wrongfully Terminated Owner in a Closely Held Company – C. Clayton Gill

Terminating the employment of a minority shareholder without just cause may result in unintended and significant cash flow consequences for majority shareholders. This article will address a new equitable cause of action, minority shareholder oppression, and how to avoid claims for minority shareholder oppression through carefully drafted agreements. Written by C. Clayton Gill, Moffatt Thomas. Published in the Idaho State Bar periodical, The Advocate, May 2017.

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Larry C Hunter

“Reflections on Volunteer Service,” by Larry C. Hunter, Moffatt Thomas

The power of many rather than the power of one is most often the way in which we can change the world.

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C Clayton Gill

Attorney’s Guide to Cross-Examining or Defending the Financial or Business Valuation Expert

Attorney’s Guide to Cross-Examining or Defending the Financial or Business Valuation Expert, by C. Clayton Gill Download PDF

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“The Short End: Abandoning the Leasehold,” Alex N. Semanko, Moffatt Thomas

It is a fear for many landlords when they decide to go into the rental property business: what happens if someone rents your property and then decides they want to break their lease early? This is where things can get tricky. Before you do anything at all, you need to know your rights as they pertain to the law.

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“GOING GREEN – MARIJUANA AND THE WORKPLACE,” Benjamin C. Ritchie

In the highly contested election of November 2016, legalizing marijuana was one of the only issues that many Americans were able to agree on. California, Nevada, Arizona, and Massachusetts all had ballot measures legalizing recreational marijuana in certain amounts. Only the measure in Arizona failed to pass.

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Castorena v. GE and Its Effect on Wrongful Death Claims in Idaho, by Benjamin C. Ritchie

In Castorena v. GE, the Idaho Supreme Court reiterated the separate nature of a wrongful death claim from the underlying […]

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Irrigation Water Drainage Development in the Treasure Valley, Scott L. Campbell

On July 30, 1887, the Caldwell Tribune described that area of Idaho as "a resort for jack rabbits and badgers." The irrigation projects brought Boise River water to the land. In early 1886, two major canals began to deliver water to the area and allow development of irrigated farms and ranches.

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New Federal Trade Secret Law Affects Idaho Employers, Gerald T. Husch and Andrea J. Rosholt

Employers are revising their agreements with employees as a result of the recently enacted federal Defend Trade Secrets Act, or DTSA, of 2016. Those revisions will affect agreements, such as confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements, that restrict an employee’s use or disclosure of their employer’s or another’s confidential information or trade secrets.

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FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, or “PURE WATER, PURE FOOD, PURE DISASTER” presented by Scott L. Campbell

"PURE WATER, PURE FOOD, PURE DISASTER" How to Destroy the World’s Safest, Cheapest, Most Efficient Food Production Industry
FDA Food Safety Modernization Act

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History of Federal Water Quality Controls

History of Federal Water Quality Controls, a 2005 presentation by Scott L. Campbell for a Moffatt Thomas Water Law Breakfast […]

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