6 Sure Ways to Make a Family Farm a Failure

Most farms in Idaho are family-owned and operated. Here are some good ways to make a farm fail: Believing that the farm can financially support any and all family members who want to work on the farm. Farming is a business and expenses cannot exceed cash flows. You must consider whether the business can really support a family member. Presuming … Read More

The Curse and Blessing of Wildlife

We are blessed in Idaho with an abundance of wildlife. Herds of deer and elk are often found wintering at lower elevations. Moose wander down from the mountains into the valleys looking for food. Ducks and geese land in grain fields looking for an easy meal. Bears, lions, coyotoes and wolves are always looking for an easy meal. All of … Read More

Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations

Many in Eastern Idaho have a small herd of cows on pasture ground. However, special rules apply in Idaho to concentrated animal feeding operations, or “CAFOs.” A CAFO is defined in Idaho as a lot or facility where beef cattle, or dairy cattle, are confined and fed for forty-five (45) or more days during any twelve month period in an … Read More

Food Safety’s the Law

  Federal authorities have recommended that the owner of Peanut Corporation of America spend the rest of his life behind bars. The owner, Stewart Parnell, was found guilty of 71 criminal counts after his company distributed salmonella contaminated peanut butter that killed nine people and sickened some 900 others. Parnell is slated to be sentenced in September in federal court. … Read More

The Final Clean Water Rule: Irrigation Ditches

The Enviornmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) have published a final rule defining the scope of waters protected under the Clean Water Act. Waters that are covered by the Clean Water Act are subject to regulation by the EPA. So what about the ditchs carrying water on your farm? Are they covered by the … Read More

Lance J. Schuster Awarded AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating

Beard St. Clair Gaffney is thrilled to announce that another one of its lawyers has achieved an AV Rating from Martindale-Hubbel®. Lance J. Schuster was recently awarded the AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell®, the country’s leading legal directory. The AV Rating is the highest possible rating given and signifies that fellow attorneys rated Lance as having the highest … Read More

Are you planning to burn debris? You need a Permit.

As the weather warms up and lawns begin to turn green from the recent rain, many farmers and ranchers will be cleaning up their property for the upcoming summer. This cleanup may include the need to burn some debris. If you grew up in eastern Idaho, or have lived here for a while, you may not think twice about setting … Read More

Beard St. Clair Acquires Unanimous Jury Verdict in Partnership Dispute

Attorneys Jeffrey Brunson and Lindsay Lofgran acquired a unanimous jury verdict finding the existence of a construction and excavation partnership between their client and another individual on April 2, 2015. Over the course of a three-day jury trial, the trial team presented evidence establishing that the parties verbally agreed to form a partnership to provide excavation and construction work, including … Read More

Gregory C. Calder Achieves AV Preeminent Rating

Gregory C. Calder has been awarded the AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell®, the country’s leading legal directory. The AV Rating is the highest possible rating given by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review for a lawyer and signifies that fellow attorneys rated Greg as having the highest possible rating for legal abilities and ethical standards. This rating is a significant … Read More