Agriculture Law And Its Multidimensional Impact On California Farms

California is a haven for agriculture, leading the nation in cash farm receipts and cultivating over 400 fruits, vegetables, nuts and other food products. California agriculture, though plentiful in its harvests, is an industry of risk, often resulting in injury. Farming remains one of the most dangerous occupations in the state, and individuals who work in this field often suffer from machinery-related accidents and health hazards resulting from environmental pollution. The Modesto-based law office of Arata, Swingle, Van Egmond & Goodwin strives to represent, defend, and empower farms through headstrong navigation of the agricultural industry’s laws and hefty regulations. 

Heavy Machinery – A Top Factor In Farming Deaths

In recent years, local headlines reported tragic accidental farming deaths, the most severe cases involving front-end loaders. After an agricultural-related death, family members of the deceased often seek benefits and reparation from the farm where the accident occurred. As each situation varies in factors causing death, and each farm operates under different regulations, shrewd analysis by legal counsel opens discussion on defense during a lawsuit’s filing.

Environmental Waste, Longterm Health Problems, And Issues of Compliance

In late 2015, farmers took down thousands of trees during a devastating drought. Complicating factors included laws restricting bonfires and solar farms that thrived over waste-to-energy facilities farmers long relied on. Consequently, policymakers scrutinized environmental compliance regulations and considered permitting the open burning of wood waste. While the method is convenient to farmers amidst limited resources, it carries deadly consequences, including greater risk of heart disease. Additionally, agricultural and environmental regulations remain extensive and complex. As farmers seek to eliminate waste in the most cost-effective ways, they sometimes (though inadvertently) find themselves violating these regulations, facing fines that add to their burdens.

Agriculture Law In California

California’s body of agricultural law is complex, carrying heavy implications concerning accidents on farms, illnesses experienced during and after farm labor, and the need for farmers to comply with a multitude of regulations while operating sustainably. With over 60 years of experience, the legal team at Arata, Swingle, Van Egmond & Goodwin possess the knowledge and skills to provide the best representation to farms small and large. Contact the law office today to discuss your agricultural legal and farm-related concerns.