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Articles for the Kansas Farm Bureau Legal Foundation




Farm Stress and Mental Health


Dr. Rick Peterson, Associate Director Extension Programs at K-State Research and Extension, joined the Ag Law Briefs webinar series on March 31, 2021, to discuss farm stress and mental health.

Socially Disadvantaged Farmers to Receive Aid


While the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 does not appropriate funds directly, it’s estimated that $4 billion will be used to provide direct payments of up to 120% of a socially disadvantaged, e.g., Black, Hispanic, Native American or Asian American, farmer’s or rancher’s outstanding debt as of Jan. 1, 2021.

Ag Law Briefs


Ag Law Briefs for March will focus on Farm Bankruptcy, and Farm Stress and Mental Health. The two one-hour sessions will be held March 31 starting at 10 a.m. These webinars are free for FB members.

Tenth Circuit Reinstates Navigable Waters Protection Rule


The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated the Navigable Waters Protection Rule (NWPR) in Colorado, meaning that the NWPR is now effective across the entire country.

Service Proposes Endangered Status and Designation of Critical Habitat for Peppered Chub


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently completed a Species Status Assessment for the peppered chub. Based on a review of the best available scientific information, the Service is proposing to protect the peppered chub as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) due to its significant decline.

AFBF Welcomes Continued Monitoring of Monarch Butterfly


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced it will leave the monarch butterfly off the endangered species list. The Service issued a “warranted but precluded” decision, which means the monarch will be considered a candidate species for now.

COVID-19 and its Effects on Employment


Agriculture is an essential function, even in the midst of quarantines and stay home orders. Kansas Farm Bureau has gathered resources for employers to help ensure the health and safety of their employees.

Bayer announced a series of agreements to settle separate lawsuits over glyphosate and dicamba.


The settled lawsuits centered on claims that glyphosate caused non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, and on claims of crop damage due to dicamba drift.

Dicamba Registrations Vacated


The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a decision June 3, 2020, vacating the registrations of three dicamba herbicides, XtendiMax (Bayer), Engenia (BASF) and FeXapan (Corteva). The ruling does not appear to include Syngenta's Tavium dicamba herbicide.

Kansas Files Legal Brief to Challenge California's Proposition 12


Attorney General Derek Schmidt, along with 14 other state attorneys general, filed a legal brief in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California supporting a lawsuit by the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) and AFBF challenging California’s Proposition 12, enacted by that state’s voters in 2018.