Agriculture law governs legal issues affecting the farming and ranching industries. Typical agriculture law issues include the use of pesticides, land use and zoning, environmental issues, and patents on genetically modified seeds. Because agriculture law focuses on an entire industry, it can affect small family farms as well as large commercial farming operations. Agriculture law includes federal and state laws, as well as rules and regulations enacted by administrative agencies, such as the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Farms, both big and small, can face a host of federal, state, and local legal issues. Farmers may have regular contact with the federal and state government through aid programs, and they have many environmental, safety, and employment regulations and responsibilities. At the local level, farmers may have issues involving land use and zoning. If you are facing an agriculture-related legal issue, contact an agriculture lawyer immediately to protect your rights and explore your legal options.