Agriculture and Agribusiness Law



The agriculture and agribusiness team of attorneys at Smith Haughey has a long history of representing individuals and businesses engaged in all manner of agricultural operations in Michigan. We serve a wide variety of clients, including farmers and cooperatives, international distributors, food processors, supermarkets, dairies, vineyards, agricultural trade associations, agricultural research institutions, and more.

The agribusiness team consists of lawyers who assist clients with general business issues such as financing, corporate entity formation, lease and contract preparation, estate and tax planning, worker’s compensation, government relations, e-commerce, insurance coverage and litigation as well as issues directly related to agricultural operations such as compliance with the Food Safety Modernization Act.

We are equipped to assist every level of agribusiness operation, from small farmers who are facing more sophisticated legal issues and regulations than ever before, to corporations that wrestle with the complexities of mergers and acquisitions in the agribusiness sector, international distribution and more.

Our agribusiness attorneys are also called upon to help family farms and vineyards launch agri-tourism (or value-added agriculture) operations. Whether a farmer wants to offer a corn maze in the fall or a vineyard owner seeks a liquor license for an on-site tasting room, we have the experience and insight to smooth the way.

We offer clients a comprehensive, one-stop solution for all their legal needs. Our clients rely on us for knowledgeable, proactive counsel on ever-changing regulatory matters, including environmental, labor and employment, product labeling, product recalls, food liability issues, land use, water and mineral rights, and interstate transportation.