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As agriculture evolves, the nature of the industry becomes more complex and regulated. At Ruder Ware, we have followed the evolution and acted as business advisors and legal counsel for generations of producers and for businesses providing products and services for the agriculture industry.
Our Ag Focus Team pulls together attorneys from all areas of the firm, blending backgrounds to benefit all types of ag enterprises – large and small. Collaboration amongst the attorneys means a client has access to a host of services tailored to their operation. We value building one-on-one relationships with producers and other agribusinesses. We also welcome the opportunity to partner with a client’s current trusted advisors such as accountants and lenders. From our experience, the team approach yields the best results for the client.
Members of the Focus Team serve on leadership roles with a number of ag industry organizations throughout Central and West Central Wisconsin. Attorneys are frequently sought after to present at statewide and regional seminars and conferences and to contribute to nationally distributed publications focused on the agriculture industry.
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Founded in 1920, as part of a full-service law firm, our attorneys provide clients with a one-stop approach to their legal needs. Ruder Ware provides business, tax, employment, municipal, estate planning, real estate, litigation, and trust services through its offices in Wausau, Eau Claire, and Green Bay, Wisconsin. Ruder Ware, Business Attorneys for Business Success.
Posted on December 12, 2019 by Andrew P. Raymonds
On Wednesday, the House of Representatives passed the Farm Workforce Modernization Act, easing immigration for agricultural workers. The bill would give “blue cards” to agricultural workers who have worked at least 180 days on farms over the past two years. They would become eligible for five-year renewable visas that would require working at least 100 […]
Posted on November 11, 2019 by Linda M. Danielson
While most businesses use real estate, unique planning issues arise for family-farm owners because of the importance of real estate to the farm and family. There are several reasons for that. Family farms are not as mobile as other businesses. Family-farm owners usually have strong emotional attachments to the land. They treat the land they […]
Posted on October 4, 2019 by Robert J. Reinertson
A controversial federal environmental regulation has been repealed, according to an announcement Sept. 12 by the administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the assistant secretary of the Army who oversees the Army Corps of Engineers. That means the definition of “Waters of the United States” will return to its pre-2015 definition. That’s important […]
Posted on October 3, 2019 by Steven P. Lipowski
Gone are the days when handshake deals suffice as a contract for a land purchase. I’ll be presenting on Ag Lease Agreements as part of the Agricultural Land Values and Lease Seminar on October 9 at the Rib River Ballroom. I plan to walk attendees through an overview of what leases are (and are not), […]
Posted on September 23, 2019 by Andrew P. Raymonds
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) extended the deadline from September 20 to September 27 for dairy farmers to enroll in the Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program for 2019. Enacted in the 2018 Farm Bill, this safety-net program offers risk-protection to dairy producers when the difference between the all-milk price and the average feed cost […]
Posted on August 9, 2019 by Ashley L. Hawley
The family farm has always been unique from an estate-planning perspective. Unlike many traditional businesses, a farm business typically holds a disproportionate amount of illiquid assets such as real estate, equipment, crops and livestock. It often has few liquid assets. Important planning needs to take place to deal with the incapacity or death of family-farm […]
Posted on June 26, 2019 by Steven P. Lipowski
It seems sometimes that no good deed goes unpunished. Landowners who permit access to their property for outdoor enthusiasts to engage in their favorite recreational activities – such as camping, hiking and hunting – could risk liability for doing so. But a Wisconsin law called the Recreational Use Immunity statute provides private landowners a layer […]
Posted on May 23, 2019 by Mary Ellen Schill
The sponsorship of a qualified retirement plan can be rewarding but frustrating – there are so many rules. Unfortunately agricultural employers are not given a break when it comes to sponsoring such retirement plans. Examples of qualified retirement plans are 401(k) plans, profit-sharing plans and money-purchase plans. Leaving the tax rules for another day — […]
Posted on April 22, 2019 by Amy E. Ebeling
Hosting an event is a great way to build community morale, gain exposure for the host and possibly even make a little money. Farms can make excellent venues for hosting all types of events. The farmer hosting an event should make it his or her goal that each event-goer is having too good of a […]
Posted on April 10, 2019 by Benjamin E. Streckert
Any prudent business obtains some level of insurance. Those periodic payments buy the peace of mind that insurance will step in when needed. In the event of certain unforeseen property damage, injuries or other losses, insurance provides the funds and legal support necessary for a business to avoid catastrophe. At least that’s how it should […]