THE AGRICULTURAL EXEMPTION IN US LAW The agricultural exemption in U.S. federal law was granted by Congress through the clayton Act of 1916 and the Capper-Volstead Act of 1922.7 They were preceded by many state laws with similar content and objectives-namely to authorize the existence of agricultural cooperatives and to exempt them from antitrust liability.8 The background to the exemption was the atomistic nature of the farming industry and the inability of individual farmers to bargain on a leveled field with the few firms that dominated the processing and marketing of agricultural produce.
TO THE EDITORS:
A recent letter to the editor ("Brubaker's proposal promotes animal cruelty," Nov. 6) made a number of inaccurate and misleading statements regarding legislation I introduced to strengthen the state's agricultural trespasser law.
The Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture is hosting a legal seminar for landowners about Marcellus shale on Wednesday in Richland.
Ross Pifer, director of the Agricultural Law Resource and Reference Center at Penn State's Dickinson School of Law, will lead the workshop. He will explain how landowners can protect themselves when entering into a gas drilling lease, how they can protect themselves if they don't own their land's mineral rights, and legal developments from new state law and federal regulations.