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This article aims to explain how some of the new tax rules in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “2017 Tax Act”) affect the agriculture industry, as well as provide some tax planning considerations in light of the new rules. Prior Farmer and Cooperative Deductions Under prior law, to...

California requires Farm Labor Contractors (FLCs) to be licensed by the State. Licensing requirements include taking an exam, maintaining a farm labor contractor bond, promptly paying earnings to agricultural employees based on clearly stated rates of pay, and other responsibilities. From time to...

While California’s journey to legalizing cannabis began in 1972, the first ballot initiative approved by California voters was the Compassionate Use Act of 1996 (also known as “Proposition 215”). Proposition 215 legalized the use, possession, and cultivation of cannabis by individuals with a physician’s recommendation...

Montel Williams Files Suit against Marijuana Retailers for Trademark Infringement  The famous talk show host Montel Williams filed a lawsuit against medical marijuana retailers under the Lanham Act and Florida’s right to privacy and publicity statute for using his likeness to propagate fake advertisements and news...

First there was an Industrial Revolution, then a Cultural Revolution, and now an Agricultural Revolution. The Royse AgTech Innovation Network brought Silicon Valley to China this past December, hosting pitches, panels and presentation events in Shanghai, Beijing, ShenZhen and Hangzhou (and additional events in Taipei, Hong...

Two men, a father and son, recently pleaded guilty to felonies including insurance fraud and the denial of insurance and health benefits to injured workers. The pleas stem from a scheme that was recently uncovered by California insurance regulators, and led to the two men...

Agricultural providers and producers face numerous legal and regulatory challenges. They must comply with an increasing number of state and federal requirements, including labor and employment laws, environmental regulations, land use, pesticide use, food safety, and more. Agriculture technology (“AgTech”) is the leading solution to...

In contrast to the federal perspective on marijuana businesses, popular vote has legalized recreational marijuana in four states and the District of Columbia. In addition, medical marijuana is legal in 25 states. States that legalize marijuana often levy heavy excise taxes on marijuana products. These...

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