Agribusiness Practice Group

The Central Coast’s agricultural heritage is a reflection of the families and businesses that have made the Central Coast their home. The Central Coast also has been Kirk & Simas’s home for over 60 years and in that time the firm has played a central role in the development and prosperity of the local agricultural economy.

The Firm represents the full range of family and corporate owned local, domestic and international agricultural businesses. The Firm’s dedicated Ag Industry Practice Group attorneys employ a multi-disciplinary approach, integrating the Firm’s highly regarded practices in business law, real estate transactions, land use, entity formation and operations, management side employment law, and wealth preservation to provide ag industry clients with specialized legal counsel and effective solutions. In particular, Kirk & Simas attorneys provide comprehensive and creative counsel to clients on a range of industry-specific issues, including:

AG LAND MATTERS

Raw land acquisition, development and financing

Agricultural leases

Cooler and storage facility contracts and leases

Land use permits, zoning compliance, and conservation easements

Real property, landlord-tenant, eminent domain, and easement disputes

Water quality and rights

Environmental

AGRIBUSINESS TRANSACTIONS

Entity and co-op formation and governance

National and international marketing, distribution and brokerage contracts

Food safety and auditing

Plant patent license agreements

Crop financing and insurance

MANAGEMENT SIDE LABOR AND EMPOLYMENT MATTERS

Labor contractor defense

Employment practices

Wage and hours

LITIGATION

Ag, crop, producer, and warehouseman liens

Federal Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) licensing, liens, and Ag Marketing Service enforcement

State processor licensing, liens and Market Enforcement Branch services

SUCCESSION PLANNING

Family farm estate, succession, and gift planning

 Contact: AG@KirkSimas.com

BUSINESS  |  REAL ESTATE  |  TRUSTS & ESTATES  |  EMPLOYMENT LAW
CIVIL LITIGATION  |  WINE & VINEYARD LAW  |  AGRICULTURE LAW  |  PUBLIC ENTITY LAW