Farming / Agri-business

For more than 40 years, Melchert Hubert Sjodin has represented Minnesota family farms and other agricultural enterprises. Our clients include a wide range of individuals and business entities involved in agriculture and engaging in related activities, such as:

  • Apiaries
  • Agricultural cooperatives
  • Agricultural equipment manufacturers and dealers
  • Agricultural input suppliers
  • Crop farms
  • CSAs
  • Dairy farms
  • Direct farm marketers
  • Family farm trusts
  • Farm landlords and tenants
  • Freight shipping and trucking companies
    • Grain, ag farm supplies, general freight, livestock, garbage, machinery, construction
  • Livestock producers
  • Tree farms

Operating Entities

Whether advising start-ups, multiple generation family farms, or multi-state enterprises, Melchert Hubert Sjodin has provided comprehensive legal services to its business clients since the firm was founded.  Our attorneys enjoy working with a wide range of clients whose needs differ dramatically because of their variations in size, operations, government oversight, and goals.

Among other guidance, our experienced attorneys assist family farmers and other agricultural businesses to determine the most appropriate type of organization for each facet of the operation, which can include:

  • Sole proprietorships
  • Partnerships
  • Joint ventures
  • Corporations
  • Limited liability companies
  • Cooperatives
  • Trusts

At Melchert Hubert Sjodin, we help our clients with day-to-day operations, with problem solving, and with long-term planning.  Our clients rely on us for sound advice and legal counsel in matters such as:

Agricultural Lending

Melchert Hubert Sjodin attorneys have a wide range of experience in agricultural and agri-business lending. We have been helping community banks and other lenders in documenting and enforcing agricultural and agri-business loans for more than 30 years. Our attorneys regularly consult with lending clients and are eager to provide advice and training on agricultural lending issues.

Agricultural lending in Minnesota has some significant traps for the unwary, particularly due to the priming lien statutes by which certain providers of goods and services to, amongst others, farmers and livestock producers, can obtain priority over the perfected security interest of the lender. We are in a position to advise lenders on practices and procedures to better understand and manage these risks.

We can also provide lenders guidance on floating trusts and liens which may prime a lender’s lien such PACA (Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act), PASA (Packers and Stockyards Act) and local laws such as the Minnesota Wholesale Produce Dealers Act (in Minnesota, eggs and poultry are subject to the protections of this Act).

Our attorneys regularly document (and when necessary, enforce, both in and out of Bankruptcy Court) farmland, crop input, equipment and revolving lines of credit which are lending clients provide to their farmer customers.

We are familiar with federal farm lending programs including :

  • USDA/FSA Guaranties
  • Farmer Mac
  • FSA Rural Development Business Loans

At Melchert Hubert Sjodin, we have experienced land use attorneys who understand the significant environmental, land use and zoning issues which may arise in today’s complicated and concentrated agri-business. They can assist lenders in understanding how these issues may impact the structure and enforceability of their agricultural loans.

Our clients appreciate the strategic advice and diligent attention to detail they receive from Melchert Hubert Sjodin.  Contact us at 952-442-7700 to discuss how we can help your organization achieve your business goals.