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…

Elephants aren’t ‘persons’, but bees are fish; legal fictions run amok

Rights are often granted or taken away by courts based on the definition of a single word. A California court in May decided that the definition of fish can…

What do we owe our neighbors?

Right-to-Farm bills aim to protect farms from non-farming neighbors intolerant of reasonable farm-related smells and noises. However, recent changes in some…

Is California telling out-of-state farmers how to raise their hogs?

If citizens in one state pass restrictive livestock production rules, does that unfairly dictate to farmers in other states how they must raise their animals?

The high cost of skipping lunch

Especially on harvest days, farmwork seems never to end, and time can be in short supply. Sometimes, farm owners can be tempted to skip rest periods or rush…

Farm Commons Welcomes Three New Staff and Appoints Eva Moss to Lead Educational Programming

(May 2022) Farm Commons is pleased to announce the addition of three new staff and one promotion to support the non-profit’s commitment to empowering…

Two farms recently ordered to pay $240k for H-2A worker violations

Department of Labor has recently ordered two farms to pay a collective $240,674 in back wages and civil money penalties for H-2A worker violations.

Mistakes in cooperative structure can lead to severe consequences

The historic agricultural cooperative statute Capper-Volstead, now a century old, has recently enjoyed some rare time in legal news headlines. In January…