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Carefully Consider Carbon Credit Contracts

Posted on May 13, 2022 by

Carbon credits have been a hot topic around the country as a potential opportunity for extra farm revenue. However, like any contract, farmers should carefully consider the terms of a carbon credit sale before signing an agreement. There are several terms that could trip up the unwary signer. What is a “carbon credit?” A carbon […]

Know Event, Tourism Rules

Posted on March 17, 2022 by

Just as things were returning to normal after this past year, a resurgence of COVID-19 cases put a pause on the much-anticipated full return to pre-pandemic life.  But Wisconsin shows no signs of reverting to the “stay at home” level of lockdown that we faced in late-spring 2020. With warm weather returning, events will likely […]

Beware Too-Simple Forms

Posted on March 3, 2022 by

All one needs is a simple financial power of attorney … think again. Wendell knew he needed a financial power of attorney document in order to ensure he named someone to manage his finances and take care of his farm if he was ever unable to do so on his own. But Wendell was busy […]

Protecting the Farm: Employment Considerations

Posted on February 17, 2022 by

“Protecting the Farm” is a common phrase associated with succession planning but employment considerations are just as important in protecting an agribusiness. Employment considerations include how to protect confidential information and skilled farm employees. At-Will Employment Wisconsin is an “at-will” employment state. That means both the employee and the employer are free to terminate the […]

Gatherings On Farms in 2021

Posted on May 13, 2021 by

In any normal year, the onset of warm weather causes Wisconsin residents to flock to the outdoors.  This year, however, the stream of cars leaving cities should flow stronger than ever, as large sectors of the state’s population has been either outright locked down or significantly restricted in their travel since last spring.  Landowners who […]

Farm Succession Planning: Build Your Succession Planning Team

Posted on February 24, 2021 by

Farmers know there’s going to come a day when they’re no longer around to run their farms – and they know they should have plans in place for when that day comes. But farmers often delay planning because it forces them to think about difficult topics and make difficult decisions. The first step to beginning […]

Why SECURE Act Matters to You

Posted on May 30, 2020 by

The SECURE Act, a federal law enacted on December 20, 2019, made significant changes to how retirement assets, including 401(k) plans and other IRA’s, are treated both during our lives and for our beneficiaries after death. This article will briefly summarize the aspects of the Act that likely matter most to you. During Your Life […]

Remote Online Notarization Now Permitted in Wisconsin

Posted on March 26, 2020 by

These are unprecedented times for all of us.  We continue to receive directives, orders, and suggestions from our local, state and federal governments and their agencies, most of which continue to place additional restrictions on our activities.  In an effort to allow real estate transactions to continue, an effort has been made by the Wisconsin […]

Governor to Issue “Safer at Home” Order

Posted on March 23, 2020 by

This morning Governor Evers released a statement notifying citizens that he will be issuing a “safer at home”. The impact of this order for individuals and businesses will depend on the wording of the order which is expected to be released tomorrow (Tuesday, March 24th). The governor’s initial statement indicates that the order will, similar to […]

Did You Know That?

Posted on February 21, 2020 by

There are many legal rules covering farms – rules that producers might not be aware of. A farm building may not be covered by standard insurance. Farm buildings are exempt from the state building code. And many standard insurance policies exclude coverage for buildings not built to a certain code. Consider the example of a […]