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Matt has extensive experience in a variety of legal issues impacting members of food, agribusiness and other industries. His practice has included advising agribusiness clients on matters such as crop seed bag labeling, patents, trademarks and plant variety protection. Additionally, Matt has defended food and consumer product manufacturers faced with class action cases based upon product labeling.

Food manufactures facing deceptive food labeling claims under the Missouri consumer fraud statute were recently dealt a setback by the Missouri Court of Appeals for the Eastern District of Missouri. On November 8, 2016, the appellate court issued an opinion in Murphy v. Stonewall Kitchen, LLC, reversing the trial court’s adoption of the so-called

The eighth annual Ag Innovation Showcase took place on September 12th through 14th and was organized by the Larta Institute, the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, and the Bio Research & Development Grown (BRDG) Park.  The annual event brings together innovators, researchers, investors, and other thought leaders from across the globe to focus

Yesterday, Husch Blackwell attorneys focused on the firm’s precision agriculture initiative, Matt Grant and Bob Wilkinson, attended the “Agriculture and Data: Finding What Works” conference organized by the Precision Ag media group. The event took place at the airport Marriott in St. Louis, Missouri and was attended by a cross-section of providers and

As widely reported and as noted in our February 16th blog post, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently issued its long-awaited proposed rules on operation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), also known of as “Drones” in the national airspace.

The proposed rules are open for a public comment for a period of 60 days,

On February 15, 2015, the Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”) issued its long awaited proposed rules on the domestic use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (“UAS”).  The 196 page document proposes rules to address only UAS weighing less than 55 lbs (including attached camera weight, etc.).

As discussed in more detail in our firm’s UAS Team Blog, the proposals provide a less restrictive framework than many expected.  Importantly, the rules are merely proposals and are open to public comment for a sixty (60) day period.

Notably, recent Section 333 exemptions were granted to applicants who uniformly included the voluntary commitment to utilize licensed pilots as operators.  Many expected at least a private pilot licensed operator to be a threshold requirement and many feared a commercial pilot license requirement.  Possibly recognizing the current and future use of UAS by non-pilot enthusiasts, the FAA proposed a new framework allowing for anyone to become an authorized operator so long as he/she is at least 17 years old, passes an aeronautical knowledge test given at a FAA testing center and is vetted by the Transportation Safety Administration (“TSA”).

A few additional proposed rules of interest include daylight only and visual line of sight operation at or below 500 feet.  Importantly, no airworthiness certificate will be required for UAS models weighing less than the 55 pound limit opening the door for use of UAS models currently on and coming to the market.  Finally, the UAS may not be operated over any persons “not directly involved in the operation” unless it qualifies as a MicroUAS which is one weighing 4.4 pounds or less which is itself a category for which the FAA has not yet proposed rules.
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The 2014 Ag Innovation Showcase organized by the Larta Institute took place on September 9th and 10th and drew another big crowd this year.

The event kicked off with an evening cocktail reception at the Cortex facility hosted by Platinum Sponsor Husch Blackwell LLP.  The reception took place just outside Husch Blackwell’s Cortex

Husch Blackwell had a team of agriculturally-focused lawyers in attendance at the InfoAg conference hosted by the International Plant Nutrition Institute at Union Station in St. Louis from July 29-31, 2014. With over 1,400 registered for the conference, the three day program included discussions and presentations in various ballrooms that attracted sometimes standing room only

Earlier this week, two of Husch Blackwell’s UAS team members, Matt Grant and Tom Gemmell, attended the inaugural Delta AgTech Symposium sponsored by Entira with support from the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), which took place at the Agricenter International complex in Memphis, Tennessee.

The Symposium offered an early glance