Toxicologist Responds to Atrazine's Critics

By Todd J. Janzen, Partner, Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP I recently attended a seminar with Tim Pastoor, a toxicologist from Syngenta and a leading expert on atrazine (also simazine and propazine), a popular farm herbicide used to control weeds in corn and sorghum. This was particularly interesting...

$1.5 Million Fine Levied Against Hog Farm for Violating the Clean Water Act

By Todd J. Janzen, Partner, Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP The Department of Justice issued a press release earlier this week: WASHINGTON - Freedman Farms Inc. was sentenced today in federal court to five years probation and ordered to pay $1.5 million in fines, restitution and community service...

Why Sound the Alarm for Resistance to Bt Corn?

By Todd J. Janzen, Partner, Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP Why do those against genetically modified foods (GMOs) sound the alarm whenever some research shows that a pest has developed resistance to the genetic modification? I have often had this thought when reading about "dangers"...

The Struggle Over the Mississippi River Basin

By Todd J. Janzen, Partner, Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP While most farmers go quietly about their spring planting this year, a storm is brewing over the Mississippi River Basin of which few are probably aware. I am referring to the legal struggle over establishing "numeric nutrient...

Silage vs. Curtilage: More on the EPA's Flyover Controversy

By Todd J. Janzen, Partner, Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP The web has been abuzz the last few weeks with articles and editorials about the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) use of aerial flyovers to look for violations of the Clean Water Act on Nebraska and Iowa feedlots. The issue...

Atrazine Settlement Provides Millions to Water Utilities

By Todd J. Janzen, Partner, Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP A class action lawsuit alleging that the herbicide Atrazine contaminated various Midwestern water supplies has been settled. As part of the settlement , Syngenta Crop Protection, Inc. (Syngenta), the maker of Atrazine, has agreed...