This introductory textbook provides an overview of the concepts necessary for an understanding of agricultural and agribusiness law. The text will help students of land-based industries with little or no legal background to appreciate and identify issues which may require referral or consultation with legal counsel.
Each concise chapter addresses a different legal issue that those employed in agriculture and agribusiness may face, and both federal law and representative examples of state law are included. In addition to traditional topics such as contracts, property law and estate planning, the book also covers more contemporary issues such as organic certification, animal law, genetically engineered crops and food safety.
Agricultural law extends beyond those directly engaged in farming to those in agribusiness who provide services and inputs to farmers, buy farmers' products, store or transport products, manufacture food products, and serve as intermediaries between farmers and consumers. The book will therefore also serve as a reference and a guide for those employed in agribusiness as well as agriculture.
Theodore A. Feitshans is Extension Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, USA. He is a past president of the American Agricultural Law Association.
1. Understanding the US Legal System 2. Finding Legal Materials 3. Torts 4. Nuisance and Trespass 5. Real Property 6. Landlord/Tenant Law 7. Personal Property 8. Contracts 9. Contracts for the Sale of Goods 10. Secured Transactions in Real and Personal Property 11. Estate Planning and Farm Transition 12. Family Law, Health, and End of Life Care 13. Water Law 14. Business Entities 15. Animal Law 16. Organic, Sustainable, Fair Trade, Local, and Urban Agriculture 17. GMOs and Intellectual Property Law 18. Food Safety 19. Pesticide Law 20. Conservation and Environmental Law 21. Labor 22. Taxation 23. International Trade 24. Federal Farm Program Law