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Supporting the National FFA: It’s About the Future

October 23, 2018
Ice Miller LLP has been a proud supporter of the National FFA since 2009. In December 2017, Indianapolis Office Managing Partner and Chair of the Food and Agribusiness Group, Melissa Proffitt, was named to the National FFA Foundation Sponsors’ Board for a three-year term of service. Over the years, Ice Miller has shown our support in many ways, such as sponsoring career workshops and student scholarships and facilitating special networking and informational events.

Nick Merker Moderated Panel at Indianapolis Forbes AgTech Summit

October 2, 2018

Nick Merker, partner and co-chair of Ice Miller’s Data Security and Privacy Practice, moderated a panel at the first Forbes AgTech Summit held in Indianapolis Sept. 26-27.

The Indiana Agbioscience Story

June 8, 2018 by Melissa Proffitt, Office Managing Partner
Agriculture is at the heart of Indiana’s history and remains a key sector of our state’s business climate. However, over time, technology and life sciences have collided with agriculture creating a sophisticated agbioscience sector.

Amy Berg AgrIInstitute Indiana Agricutural Leadership Trip to Portugal

March 14, 2018 by Amy Berg, Associate
Ice Miller LLP attorney Amy Berg is a member of Class 17 of the AgrIInstitute Indiana Agricutural Leadership Program (ALP), which provides individuals involved in agriculture and related industries and those who serve rural communities with the opportunity to improve leadership skills, gain understanding and develop the expertise needed to provide leadership in public affairs for their businesses and communities.
Every ALP class has the opportunity to travel abroad to learn about other countries’ agriculture industries and cultures. Amy and her recently class traveled to Portugal and Spain. This blog is Amy’s recap of their days in Portugal.

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. 

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).  

FDA Updates Proposed Rules Under the FSMA

September 26, 2014
On January 4, 2011, President Obama signed into law the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).  The primary purpose of the FSMA is to provide the FDA with the tools and authority to focus on preventing food safety issues from arising rather than simply reacting to problems after they already occur.  Although enacted in 2011, the FSMA is being implemented over time. 

GMO Law Faces First Amendment Challenge

August 20, 2014
A few months ago in this blog we discussed Vermont’s law requiring foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) to be labeled as such (Vermont Becomes the First State to Enact a GMO Label Law).

Vermont Becomes the First State to Enact a GMO Label Law

May 16, 2014
Food industry companies and retailers who do business in Vermont have two years to get ready to comply with a new law requiring foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) to be labeled as such.  On May 8, 2014, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed into law a bill requiring the labeling of genetically engineered foods.  

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