February 2015

Attracting and Retaining Top Agribusiness Talent: Current U.S. Immigration Options

February 6, 2015 by Jenifer M. Brown, Partner
The U.S. economy, including agribusiness, is heavily reliant upon and enriched by talent found outside the United States. It is imperative for agricultural innovators to take an active role in understanding, meeting and managing prospective employee expectations with respect to U.S. immigration benefits. 


Offering Data Privacy as a Competitive Edge

February 4, 2015 by Nicholas R. Merker, Partner
Additionally, with data privacy being a key issue for producers, ATPs may want to consider using strong information privacy and security practices as a competitive edge against other ATPs who are less committed. 


Update: Tax Incentives for 529 College Savings Plans

February 4, 2015 by Steven R. Latterell, Partner
Last week the White House backtracked on an unpopular proposal to end an existing income tax break for contributions to 529 college savings plans.  As was reported by multiple media outlets, the White House stated that fewer than 3% of families use 529 plan accounts. 


President's Budget Requests Prioritizes Food Safety, Consolidates Agencies

February 3, 2015
On February 2, 2015, President Obama submitted his FY2016 budget proposal, which included several items related to food safety.  The most newsworthy component of the proposal seeks to create a single food-safety agency within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  


Small Businesses Continue to Find New Uses for 3D Printing Technology

February 3, 2015 by Samuel Beavers, Associate
Will.i.am, the pop-star and tech entrepreneur, believes 3D printers will one day be as commonplace as microwaves. For now, however, the growth market is for small businesses looking to stay ahead of the curve.


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