Agriculture Law

Moffatt Thomas attorneys have served clients in all areas of agricultural law.  The experience of our attorneys includes 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 AG Summit, Idaho Water Users Association, National Water Users 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 produces results.  Our attorneys have more collective experience in agricultural law than any other law firm in Idaho.  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.


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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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 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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Moffatt Thomas Lawyers Included in 2014 Best Lawyers Publication

Moffatt Thomas has once again had attorneys selected for inclusion into the publication Best Lawyers in America (Copyright 2012 by Woodward/White, […]

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Moffatt Thomas Named 2014 “Best Law Firm” by Best Lawyers

Moffatt Thomas is ranked Tier 1 in Best Lawyers 2014 publication for the practices of Commercial Litigation, Corporate Law, Employment […]

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Moffatt Thomas Partners Selected as 2014 Best Lawyers of the Year

Congratulations to Moffatt Thomas’s attorneys who have been recognized by Best Lawyers as the Best Lawyer Of The Year in their […]

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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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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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Eight Reasons NOT to Have an Estate Plan

You enjoy paying taxes, your estate planning documents were drafted 20 years ago, you don't want to direct your assets or the care of your minor children…all reasons NOT to have an estate plan. C. Ed Cather III of Moffatt Thomas debunks these reasons with sound estate planning advice.

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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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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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