Statewide Representation For Agricultural Law

Our firm has a vast amount of experience in agricultural law. We are one of the preeminent law firms in the State of Illinois in the agricultural law area. We provide guidance to clients on numerous and diverse matters related to agriculture and agricultural law.

Members of our firm have represented the Grain & Feed Association of Illinois for over 35 years. We currently serve as general counsel for the Grain & Feed Association of Illinois. We also represent grain elevators, agricultural input companies, farmers, and other members of the agri-business community throughout the State of Illinois on a number of issues.

One Of The Top Ten Agricultural Lawyers In Illinois

Attorney James R. Grebe, one of the partners in the firm, has been named one of the Top Ten Agricultural Lawyers* in the State of Illinois by the Leading Lawyers Network℠. Jim Grebe is a member of the Agricultural Law Section of the Illinois State Bar Association and has served as its Chairman on two separate occasions (2004-05 and 2012-13). He has also published a number of articles addressing agricultural law issues and presented numerous times at seminars on agricultural law topics. His experience in drafting and dealing with grain contracts in the State of Illinois is extensive and has no equal.

Our Agricultural Law Practice

We have drafted contracts, including grain contracts and crop input contracts, for dozens of agricultural business entities. We have successfully addressed licensing issues with the Illinois Department of Agriculture on numerous occasions, over the years, for many of our clients.

We also have experience in environmental and employment law matters as they relate to agriculture. Our firm handles a significant amount of workers compensation defense and employee/employer matters on a regular basis.

We draft and advise our clients on farm leases, including hybrid cash farm leases. We also assist our clients in various other real estate matters, including purchases and sales of real estate, commercial leases, partition lawsuits, as well as dealings with utility companies and other entities regarding easements, pipelines and other commercial purposes involving farm land.

We have an extensive practice concerning corporations and LLCs and have broad experience in representing business entities of all types on a multitude of legal matters, including but not limited to, litigation, corporate and LLC issues, mergers, consolidations, acquisitions and other business matters. We also do a significant amount of work on estate planning for our clients, including succession planning for farms and other agricultural businesses.

In summary, our firm assists our agricultural clients on a multitude of matters associated with their business, including:

✦ Grain Contracts, Agronomy Contracts, Master Agreements, Crop Input Contracts

✦ Commercial Litigation and General Litigation

✦ Arbitrations before the National Grain & Feed Association

✦ Agricultural Law

✦ Illinois Grain Code and Department of Agriculture Regulations

✦ Representation of clients in reference to the Illinois Department of Agriculture

and Other Governmental Agencies

✦ Illinois EPA Matters

✦ Energy Consortium and Illinois Commerce Commission Issues

✦ Farm and Agricultural Business Planning

✦ Rail Shipment Disputes

✦ Corporations, Partnerships, LLCs, Cooperatives, Other Legal Entities

✦ Workers’ Compensation

✦ Employer/Employee Relations, Labor and Employment Law

✦ Real Estate Sales and Purchases, Leases and Contract Matters

✦ Sales, Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, Mergers and Consolidations

✦ Lien Disputes, Liens and Security Interests

✦ Financing, Loan Negotiation, Loan Documentation and Work-outs

✦ Bankruptcy Preference Defense and Claims Against Debtors

✦ Business Succession and Business Litigation

✦ Legal Risk Management

✦ Utility Easement and Eminent Domain

✦ Estate Planning, Wills, Trusts and Powers of Attorney and Succession Planning

Located in Peoria, our firm has a sterling record in its representation of agricultural business entities in Illinois. Our firm gives meticulous attention to each client’s particular needs and issues. We are committed to obtaining the best possible result for our clients. In the course of representation in the agricultural law area, our firm strives to assist our clients not only in reference to preparation of legal documentation but also in best practices for their business or firm.

Our Partners Jim Grebe and Bill Streeter head our Agricultural Law team along with the assistance of our Partners Chuck Urban, David Wentworth, Kyle Tompkins and Associates Ean Albers and Taylor Cascia.

Contact Our Team

Learn more by calling 309-637-1400 or contacting us online.

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