Practice Areas

Agriculture

Agricultural issues and challenges are unique. At Mitchell Williams, we take pride in our ability to provide agriculture clients with a team of attorneys that specialize in a broad spectrum of agricultural law issues. We believe that to effectively and efficiently advise our clients on agricultural issues, it is necessary to have actual experience in the industry and relationships with industry leaders. Our experience and industry relationships are what position us to provide comprehensive legal services to ag clients.

We serve individual producers/operators, land owners, agriculture and commodity trade associations, cooperatives, banks and other lending institutions, seed supply companies, grain milling, storage and transportation companies, food processing companies, chemical formulation and supply companies, and equipment suppliers/dealers.

Our capabilities include:

  • Business planning and choice of entity
  • Real estate and other business transactions
  • Environmental, energy and natural resource issues
  • Lease agreements and easements
  • General contracts
  • Farm succession planning
  • Estate planning
  • Tax Planning
  • Employment matters
  • Legal guidance on compliance with applicable agricultural laws including the Farm Bill
  • General litigation
  • Crop insurance issues
  • Foreclosure on real property and repossession of equipment
  • Priority issues related to farm equipment, crop insurance proceeds, and government payments
  • Claims in bankruptcy
  • Eviction and collection actions
  • Landlord’s liens and other statutory and voluntary liens
  • Lobbying and government relations
  • Monitoring activities, policies and regulations of state and federal regulatory agencies, including the Arkansas Department of Agriculture, Arkansas State Plant Board, Arkansas Natural Resources Commission, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and others, to determine potential impacts on agricultural practices
  • Monitoring activities, policies and regulations before the Senate and House Agricultural Committees
  • Permitting and regulatory compliance matters before the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission, and other state and federal regulatory agencies
  • Captive insurance