Author Archives: Gary Baise

About Gary Baise

Gary Baise is a Virginia resident and an Illinois farmer. Specializing in agricultural and environmental issues, he also serves as outside General Counsel for the U.S. Grains Council, Agricultural Retailers Association, and National Sorghum Producers.

What Is (and What Isn’t) a “Wetland”

(Editor’s Note:  With hundreds of rivers and tributaries (not to mention the Chesapeake Bay), rules defining “what is a wetland” are critically important for the state’s Agriculture industry.  Here, Gary Baise explores what is (and what isn’t) a wetland under new rules proposed … Continue reading

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Smithfield Gag Order Lifted

Smithfield and its subsidiary, Murphy-Brown, have won an important First Amendment gag order case in the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Smithfield’s subsidiary has lost 3 times in U.S. District Court. On April 26, 2018, a jury ruled Smithfield … Continue reading

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CAFO emissions need not be reported

Environmental groups are again suing EPA over its decision that air emissions from Concentrated Animal feeding operations (CAFOs) do not need to be reported to the public under federal statute. EPA’s Emergency Preparedness and Community Right-To-Know Act (EPCRA) requires that … Continue reading

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Monsanto may get new trial on punitive damages

On October 22, 2018 a Superior Court of California in San Francisco denied Monsanto’s motion for a judgment notwithstanding the verdict for $289 million verdict in the glyphosate trial (a request for a trial judge to reverse the verdict for … Continue reading

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In Wisconsin, better make sure your butter has been graded

Wisconsin has a butter grading law. Let’s start there. Earlier this month, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit ruled that Wisconsin’s butter grading law does not violate the Commerce Clause, the Equal Protection Clause nor the Due Process … Continue reading

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