Husch Blackwell’s Food & Agribusiness team has the expertise to help your business succeed. With more than 50 attorneys whose practice is focused on various aspects of the Food & Agribusiness industry, we are fully committed to serving your legal needs. We understand that clients don’t have legal problems; they have business problems that are subject to legal implications or constraints.

Our history and success representing sustainable and organic agriculture clients goes far beyond traditional legal matters. Our attorneys are familiar with the unique regulatory issues surrounding organic certification, and work closely with organic certification agencies, inspectors, and producers to navigate and comply with local, state and federal laws and regulations. We strive to foster positive working relationships between the USDA and our clients. Aside from regulatory matters, our attorneys handle all aspects of farm and estate transition planning, facilities permitting for food and meat processing, land and real estate transactions, tax planning and litigation matters.

Our sustainable and organic agriculture clients include seed suppliers, family-owned farms and market gardeners, distributors, organic certification agencies, trade associations, and organic inspectors. Our clients are involved in all aspects of food production and sales, with a focus on healthy land, resource conservation, and quality food for this generation and the next.

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Marnie Jensen
Partner

Marnie’s clients include organic agriculture trade associations and food producers, manufacturers and distributors. Marnie has litigated a wide array of business disputes, including breach of warranty claims on behalf of a dairy herd owner, assisting a third-generation family farm in resolving federal claims relating to prairie dog control on a ranch, and representing organic-certification agencies in National Organic Program compliance reporting, corporate advice and business litigation matters. Marnie also serves on the Board of Directors of the Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society.

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Gene Summerlin
Partner

With deep experience in agriculture and civil litigation, Gene has advised clients in Nebraska and nationally for more than two decades. He represents livestock breed associations and organic agriculture trade associations, bringing creative solutions to the business challenges faced by producers and processors in the agriculture and food industries. In addition, he frequently writes for agribusiness trade publications and speaks to organic industry groups. Gene’s litigation experience includes serving as special counsel for the U.S. government in a cattle investment-fraud case involving $3 billion in assets and serving as plaintiff’s class counsel in a class action alleging commercial harm to farmers from cross pollination of genetically modified corn.