Agriculture

Crowell & Moring is recognized for its work in the U.S. and international agricultural industries. The firm's substantive practice capabilities include counseling agricultural clients and representing their interests in the courts and before regulatory agencies. For example, we regularly defend livestock producers and other clients in nationwide fungicide tort litigation in courts across the country and in U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) investigations, state enforcement proceedings, and citizens' suits.  

We counsel clients' crop protection units on matters of product regulatory registration and sale, and obtain patents and trademarks for our biotechnology clients through our intellectual property practice. We also provide policy, technical, and public affairs services and knowledge on a broad range of issues for businesses in a variety of food-related industries. With our strong presence in Washington, D.C., and direct access to the U.S. Congress and to government bodies worldwide, our clients benefit from a holistic approach to problem solving that goes beyond traditional litigation and counseling strategies.

Our multidisciplinary energy, environment, and resources practice is well situated to represent the full array of agricultural concerns. Our attorneys have represented chemical companies in matters concerning the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), and other related statutes.

We are particularly active in the development of a nationwide climate change cap-and-trade program and in handling other cutting-edge matters such as low-carbon technology and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions. Examples of our work include challenging the EPA’s ability to regulate GHGs under the Clean Air Act (CAA) in litigation filed on behalf of a major trade association client.

Representative Clients

  • American Farm Bureau Federation
  • Nalco
  • National Alliance of Forest Owners
  • National Council of Farmer Cooperatives and Black Farmers