Tracing Spinach from Field to Plate: FDA Issues Traceability Rule

Is eating spinach risky? Per the FDA, it is risky enough to necessitate tracking the life of a bag of spinach from field to fork. Farmers and food distributors…

Farms and the Gig Economy

Farmers often save on payroll by hiring independent contractors. But, if a worker is legally an employee, that farmer could face penalties, fines, back pay…

A New Cooperative Governance Resource!

When forming a business, governance documents usually take a back seat. Governance documents are bylaws and operating agreements that spell out decision-making…

Keyboard Warriors Learn Farmers are a Formidable Foe

Technology isn’t just impacting our ability to repair our equipment; it is also giving consumers a bullhorn platform for issuing opinions—good or bad—about…

Farmers & Technology: A Long Fight for the Right to Repair

Farmers are an important voice in the international fight for the “right to repair.” Due to the increased computerization of everything from our microwaves to…

Insurers As Regulators: A New Era in Food Safety?

For Food Safety Education Awareness month, we look at ways the liability insurance industry is making its mark on fresh produce food safety.

Strategic or Suspect? BIPOC Farmer Debt Relief Gets Erased

Emergency debt relief for farmers of color promised in the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) has been stalled since June 2021…

The Supreme Court Regulates the Regulators

The call to end “big government” got a boost from the Supreme Court this past June in the case West Virginia v. EPA. This case severely limits the tools EPA can…

Overtime for Range Workers: A New Frontier

Sheepherders are at the center of a labor law controversy in California that foreshadows the changing landscape of range work in the western US.

Farm inspections by OSHA will now cover heat preparedness

Farmworkers are 20 times more likely to die from heat-related illnesses than other workers. Farmworkers are 20 times more likely to die from heat-related…