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John Dillard grew up on a beef cattle farm in Amelia, Va., which is still operated by his parents. John's work on farms and ranches in Virginia, South Dakota and Wyoming provided him with an appreciation for the unique challenges faced by agricultural producers across the United States. He earned bachelor's degrees in Animal Science and Agricultural Economics at Virginia Tech. John also earned a master's degree in Agricultural Economics at Purdue University. Prior to attending law school, he worked for a consulting firm that advised agribusiness clients (seed, renewable fuels, cooperatives, equipment) in marketing and business strategy development. Additionally,
John Dillard grew up on a beef cattle farm in Amelia, Va., which is still operated by his parents. John's work on farms and ranches in Virginia, South Dakota and Wyoming provided him with an appreciation for the unique challenges faced by agricultural producers across the United States. He earned bachelor's degrees in Animal Science and Agricultural Economics at Virginia Tech. John also earned a master's degree in Agricultural Economics at Purdue University. Prior to attending law school, he worked for a consulting firm that advised agribusiness clients (seed, renewable fuels, cooperatives, equipment) in marketing and business strategy development. Additionally,

Articles By John Dillard

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Aug 14, 2019

John Dillard: Hemp Still Faces Stiff Regulatory Challenges

“Although the 2018 farm bill legalized hemp cultivation, it didn’t change CBD’s legal status. It’s still considered a pharmaceutical drug.”
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Jul 15, 2019

John Dillard: USDA Plans to Remove Biotech Hurdles

We have been hearing about the promises of biotechnology for decades, and we have been able to reap some of the rewards in the form of insect- and herbicide-resistant crops.
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Jan 17, 2019

John Dillard: WOTUS Tops Regulatory Agenda

A popular outcome of the Trump administration has been a steady push to peel back regulations that impact farmers and ranchers.
Sep 27, 2018

John Dillard: What's Going on in North Carolina?

More than two dozen nuisance cases have been filed by residents in North Carolina against Murphy-Brown, the live growout subsidiary of Smithfield Foods. So far, the juries have returned three cases to the tune of $50 million, $25 million and $473.5 million. Twenty-three more cases are scheduled, drawing international attention
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Sep 18, 2018

Could the Nuisance Cases in North Carolina Happen in My State?

Twenty-six nuisance cases have been filed by residents in North Carolina against Murphy-Brown/Smithfield Foods. What are the cases about? What about the Right to Farm Act? Could this happen in my state?
Jul 17, 2018

John Dillard: Win on Glyphosate Warning Labels

In 1986, California’s voters approved a ballot initiative with admirable aspirations. Proposition 65 requires businesses to display clear warnings about the presence of any chemicals that could cause cancer, birth defects or reproductive harm. Although the law initially raised awareness about potential hazards, it has steered off course in recent
Jan 22, 2018

John Dillard: Policy and Law in Play in 2018

The coming months will be an important time for ag policy and law—but probably more so in terms of activity from the executive branch, state governments and litigation. With the exception of the farm bill, it’s unlikely Congress will pass much legislation of consequence to the ag community. With the
Jan 10, 2018

Ninth Circuit Upholds Major Components of Idaho "Ag-Gag" Law

Last week, many news outlets ran with the “ag-gag gets gagged” headline in describing the Ninth Circuit’s decision in Animal Legal Defense Fund v. Wasden , which scrutinized a bevy of animal rights activists’ First Amendment claims against Idaho’s Interference with Agricultural Production law, colloquially/derisively known as an “ag gag”
Jan 05, 2018

10 Things To Watch in 2018

Ushering in the New Year provides both an opportunity to reflect on the past and look ahead to the coming year. 2017 has certainly been a challenging year in the ag community. A worldwide glut of commodities and favorable weather conditions has a number of operators simultaneously experiencing record harvests