The HBS Agribusiness and Food team has considerable experiencing counseling farm and agribusiness clients, both institutional and family-owned, during every stage of farm land and agricultural operations transactions. We have handled numerous purchase/sale agreement negotiations and drafting, due diligence, closing, and post-closing integration and operations. In addition to our farm and timber land experience, our teams have assisted clients in the acquisition and divestiture of fruit and vegetable packing and processing facilities, trucking operations, confined feeding livestock operations, permanent crops, and farm suppliers.
Because these transactions often include implications beyond agribusiness and food, our collective HBS team also has knowledge and experience in water rights and associated regulatory issues, property tax abatements under programs such as Georgia’s Conservation Use Valuation Assessment (“CUVA”), federal farm programs, agricultural exemptions to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations and the Fair Standards Labor Act, and various food laws such as the Food Safety Modernization Act and the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.
Our attorneys have served as outside general counsel for vertically integrated farms, providing extensive counsel on custom farming agreements, marketing agreements, buy/sale agreements, logistics arrangements, hunting leases, and other operational matters. We also assist farm and agribusiness interests in establishing a variety of corporate entities and structures that address the concerns of our clients – including federal farm support and succession planning.
HBS attorneys also negotiate appropriate leases and ensure compliance with the warning requirements of Georgia’s agritourism, hunting, and fishing immunity statutes.