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agricultural crop damage disputes

Agricultural Crop Damage Disputes

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All too often I encounter lawyers that don’t understand the mechanics of their clients’ problems. Lawyers who are not familiar with agriculture may not understand the unique nature of their farm or ranch client’s problems. Having grown up working in and around farming in the agricultural intensive San Joaquin Valley of California, I understand the demanding cultural practices and inputs that go into producing a successful crop. I also understand that yields do not always meet expectations and that’s just the nature of the business. Sometimes, however, reduced yields or crop failure is the result of negligence of a third party. Our firm represents farmers, growers, ranchers and nursery operators who have suffered damages to their production as a result of the application of and/or contamination by an agricultural pesticide. Under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) collectively defines all chemicals (pesticides, insecticides, fungicides, rodenticides, herbicides and neumaticides) as "pesticides". Substantial claims have been brought and recoveries have been achieved in regard to such matters as damaging fungicides, soil contamination, and either run-off or airborne contamination (drift) and damages resulting from application of a pesticide nearby the subject site.

Crop damage disputes not only involve crop science and chemical analyses, but also economic analyses to examine the impact of the damage or reduced yield at issue.

Crop damage claims often give rise to litigation, and a duel among the attorneys and experts to determine the true cause or causes of the crop failure or an unexpectedly reduced crop yield. The Law Office of R. Steven Chandler, LLC offers legal counseling and advocacy to individuals and businesses involved in crop damage disputes. Attorney Chandler grew up working on a farm and he understands long days out in the field, the significance of fertilizer and pesticide applications, and how innovations in satellite technology, ag equipment, and no-till farming have forever changed the agricultural industry. Perhaps most importantly, he can provide the legal strategy necessary to achieve litigation goals when a client is faced with a crop damage dispute.

A lawyer should be able to quickly assemble an expert team to analyze the crop damage at issue, and to begin providing a client feedback as to the potential causes of the damage and effective legal strategies.

Attorney Chandler has meaningful experience in all of these disciplines and will bring those skills to bear in serving his clients.
"Because I understand the nature of the industry, I will provide a powerful advocate in court or in alternative dispute resolution, such as arbitration or mediation."

Many of these suits are brought to obtain monetary compensation for the losses suffered. Our firm handles such cases on a contingent fee basis; that is, its fee is a percentage of the recovery. If there is no recovery, then there is no fee.

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