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Crop Nutrients

Faegre Baker Daniels professionals have substantial experience representing and counseling companies that produce, transport, sell and apply crop nutrients. We know the crop nutrient/fertilizer industry and understand the evolving scientific and market trends that drive clients' business decisions. We collaborate with our clients in providing legal support in a number of practice areas.

Litigation/Product Liability Prevention

Our team handles lawsuits, mediations and arbitrations specific to the crop nutrient industry. We have successfully litigated matters in state and federal courts throughout the United States for several of the world's leading fertilizer companies, including disputes involving:

  • Problems with the production or content of fertilizer
  • Contamination of fertilizer
  • Improper application of fertilizer
  • Damage to crops allegedly caused by fertilizer
  • Personal injuries allegedly caused by exposure to fertilizer
  • Contract disputes involving the sale or distribution of fertilizer
  • Administrative complaints and enforcement actions by governmental entities involving fertilizers
  • Labor, employment and immigration issues for fertilizer companies

We have extensive knowledge of the state and federal regulations which govern the production, distribution and sale of fertilizer. We also have relationships with leading agronomic and academic experts who are often important in resolving disputes involving crop nutrient products.

Real Estate

Our real estate lawyers advise our crop nutrient clients in connection with a full range of property-related matters, including acquisitions, divestments, leases, resolution of property disputes, and environmental issues affecting the company's owned and leased facilities. We also provide support on the real estate aspects of merger and acquisition transactions of fertilizer companies led by the firm's corporate attorneys. 

Environmental

Our environmental team handles a wide range of environmental compliance and transactional matters for clients in the crop nutrient industry, including issues involving legacy environmental liabilities, permitting for new construction, environmental due diligence, and the navigation of agency regulations.

Dealer/Distributor

Our distributor and dealer team puts our traditional strength in civil litigation and corporate representation to work for fertilizer clients operating amidst ever-changing regulation of dealer, distributor and franchise relationships in various jurisdictions. Our agribusiness team advises clients on issues involving dealers and distributors across the United States regarding dozens of franchise laws and dealer or sales representative protection statutes.

Labor and Immigration

Our labor and immigration team provides day-to-day counseling and advice including assistance with the immigration process for employees of agribusiness companies.

Antitrust

Our agribusiness team represents clients relative to antitrust issues in the sale of their agricultural products, including fertilizer.

Who We Represent

We represent some of the biggest companies in the crop nutrient and fertilizer industry, including:

  • Agrium/Crop Production Services, Inc.
  • Cargill AgHorizons
  • Intrepid Potash, Inc.
  • Koch Fertilizer LLC
  • United Suppliers
  • Worm's Way

Industry Involvement

Our involvement in the crop nutrient and fertilizer industry extends beyond successfully defending and trying cases in the courtroom. We put our expertise to work shaping the industry by:

  • Being active members of the Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA). Our attorneys played a key role in drafting the ARA's model fertilizer contract and Fertilizer Trade Rules, which serve as voluntary tools to help companies better manage their risks and provided the industry with consistent terms and conditions when dealing with suppliers or customers.
  • Attending and presenting at fertilizer conferences, such as the Southwest Fertilizer Conference.

Contact


Ross W. Johnson, Des Moines
+1 515 447 4705

Ryan P. Howell, Des Moines
+1 515 447 4718
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