Agricultural and Agribusiness Industry Team
The Agribusiness team of attorneys at Smith Haughey has a long history of representing individuals and businesses engaged in all manner of agricultural operations in Michigan. We serve a wide variety of clients, including local farmers, international distributors, food processors, supermarkets, dairies, vineyards, agricultural trade associations, agricultural research institutions, and more.
With offices in some of the agricultural hotspots of Michigan, and an attorney team that includes an agricultural economist, biologist, and small farm owner, Smith Haughey is uniquely qualified to help agribusinesses thrive. We offer clients a comprehensive, one-stop solution for all their legal needs.
Our clients rely on us for knowledgeable, proactive counsel on ever-changing regulatory matters, including environmental, labor and employment, product labeling, product recalls, food liability issues, land use, water and mineral rights, and interstate transportation.
The agribusiness team consists of lawyers who help clients with general business issues such as financing, corporate entity formation, lease and contract preparation, estate and tax planning, worker's compensation, government relations, e-commerce, insurance coverage, and litigation. We are well equipped to assist every level of agribusiness operation, from small farmers who are facing more sophisticated legal issues than ever before, to corporations that wrestle with the complexities of international distribution.
Our agribusiness attorneys are also called upon to help family farms and vineyards launch agri-tourism (or value-added agriculture) operations. Whether a farmer wants to offer a corn maze in the fall or a vineyard owner seeks a liquor license for an on-site tasting room, we have the experience and insight to smooth the way.
We are also pleased to assist farmers and other landowners with another emerging business issue: the granting of their wind and solar rights to third parties. Our Renewable Energy Team has provided invaluable counsel to land owners venturing into this arena.
We are an accessible, efficient, economical legal resource for the agricultural community.
|George F. Bearup||Attorney||Traverse City||231.486.4510|
|John R. Blakeslee||Of Counsel||Traverse City||231-486-4555|
|Andrew J. Blodgett||Attorney||Traverse City||231.486.4537|
|Patrick F. Geary||Attorney||Grand Rapids||616.458.5358|
|Scott D. Harvey||Attorney||Traverse City||231.486.4545|
|Jane C. Hofmeyer||Attorney||Grand Rapids||616.458.5388|
|Joanna C. Kloet||Attorney||Traverse City||231.486.4515|
|Robert W. Parker||Attorney||Traverse City||231.486.4504|
|Anthony J. Quarto||Attorney||Grand Rapids||616.458.1336|
|Nicholas A. Reister||Attorney||Grand Rapids||616.458.8286|
|Jon D. Vander Ploeg||Of Counsel||Grand Rapids||616.458.1365|
|Timothy M. White, LL.M.||Attorney||Traverse City||231-486-4512|
|Jeffrey R. Wonacott||Attorney||Traverse City||231.486.4509|
Smith Haughey Publications for Agricultural and Agribusiness Industry Team
|Legal Alert||8/15/2012||Agribusiness Law Update|
|Legal Alert||8/22/2011||Uncertainty Surrounds the Farmland and Open Space Preservation Act|
|Legal Alert||7/27/2011||Agribusiness Law Update|
|Legal Alert||2/15/2011||Agribusiness Law Update|
|Legal Alert||12/21/2010||Agribusiness Legal Alert|
|Legal Alert||11/15/2010||Agri-Business Update (November 2010)|
|Legal Alert||6/30/2010||Agribusiness Legal Alert (June 30, 2010)|
|Legal Alert||5/25/2010||Agri-Business Update (May 2010)|
|Legal Alert||2/19/2010||Agri-Business Update (February 2010)|
|Legal Alert||11/18/2009||Agri-Business Newsletter (November 2009)|
|Newsletter||9/28/2009||Legal Ease Fall 2009|
|Legal Alert||7/27/2009||Agribusiness (July 09)|