Agribusiness & Food
HBS offers a team of attorneys with first-hand experience on farms, agribusinesses, and other food growing and producing companies ranging from small family-owned farms to large-scale industrial operations.
The attorneys of HBS’ Agribusiness & Food Service Area have first-hand experience and deep understanding of the food and agricultural industry that can only be developed from years on the farm and representing agribusiness and food clients. We leverage our specialized knowledge of the law, the economics of agriculture, and the people who work in this industry to develop timely, comprehensive, and efficient plans to achieve the unique objective of each client.
Our team has represented individual farmers and large institutional agricultural investors, as well as clients of many different sizes and scales in between. Our attorneys have litigated, negotiated, and consummated significant business transactions and provided critical regulatory compliance counsel across many different aspects of the agribusiness and food sector.
The attorneys at HBS assist farmers and agribusinesses as they navigate USDA’s alphabet soup of program. We counsel fruit and vegetable producers, suppliers, and buyers about their rights and obligations under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) and help them understand USDA’s informal dispute resolution program under PACA. Our attorneys assist clients with the filing or defending of formal PACA complaints pending before USDA or the local federal district court.
We also aid clients with appeals of Farm Service Agency (FSA) Payment determinations and issues arising out of the Packers and Stockyards Act and the Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act. Our agricultural attorneys assist qualifying entities submit competitive grant applications to USDA through the Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP), a federal program meant to improve and expand domestic farmers markets, roadside stands, community-supported agriculture programs, agritourism activities, and other direct producer-to-consumer market opportunities.