Thanks to the Minnesota Department of Agriculture for helping Jambor Heyman put on a successful Legal Corner at the 2015 Minnesota Organic Conference on January 9. Thanks also to our wonderful volunteer attorneys, Tovah Flygare and Fritz Ebinger, and our firm's law student clerk Neil Pederson. The Legal Corner was able to provide free legal information to many of the organic farmer conference attendees. Jambor Heyman was honored to facilitate the conference's free legal clinic for the second year in a row.
Jambor Heyman partners Jennifer Jambor-Delgado and Amanda Heyman also participated in a well-attended panel on pesticide drift issues. Organic farmers and Jambor Heyman clients Noreen Thomas of Doubting Thomas Farms and Oluf Johnson of Johnson Family Farms shared their stories about how their families have handled serious pesticide drift and misapplication incidents. Jen and Amanda answered audience questions regarding potential legal recourse for farmers affected by pesticide drift, and provided information about how organic farmers can respond when hit with chemical drift. The lively audience participation made clear that pesticide drift incidents are serious issues that are likely to increase in frequency, especially with the upcoming introduction of Enlist-Duo, the new 2,4-D-based pesticide for RoundUp Ready crops. Thanks to Noreen and Oluf for sharing their stories and showing that self-advocacy is key for farmers who experience drift incidents.