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Agricultural Law


Mattson Ricketts has earned a reputation as a leading firm for legal issues arising in the agricultural sector. Our practice is truly statewide in this regard, with clients throughout rural Nebraska and neighboring states. We also represent agricultural interests of all sizes and types, including individual farmers, multistate corporations, agricultural interest groups, and agri-business.

Mattson Ricketts attorneys also show their commitment to Nebraska agriculture in other ways. Steve Mossman has served as chair of the Agricultural Section of the Nebraska State Bar Association. Our attorneys also make regular presentations to agricultural and other groups on pertinent legal topics. Mattson Ricketts is a proud supporter of agricultural organizations, such as the Nebraska Cattlemen, the Alliance for the Future of Agriculture in Nebraska (A-FAN), and We Support Agriculture.

Livestock Zoning & Nuisance Law
Livestock Zoning & Nuisance Law

Mattson Ricketts attorneys strive to see that livestock facilities are treated fairly by municipal, county, state, and federal authorities. Our attorneys have extensive knowledge of all facets of livestock regulations, especially county zoning regulations and Nebraska’s Livestock Waste Management Act, and have experience with proceedings against livestock facilities at levels from village councils to the Nebraska Supreme Court. To underscore the firm’s commitment to livestock producers, Mattson Ricketts never represents neighbors opposed to livestock operations.

USDA Appeals
USDA Appeals

Our attorneys have built a strong reputation for assisting agricultural producers with evaluation and analysis of United States Department of Agriculture regulatory requirements and representation in related proceedings, including appeals. Attorneys with our firm regularly work with agricultural producers and have the extensive administrative experience necessary to provide effective legal advice concerning interactions with the USDA.

Agricultural Leases, Conracts & Entity Formation
Agricultural Leases, Contracts & Entity Formation

Although many agricultural transactions used to be handled with a simple handshake, today agricultural leases, contracts, and entity formation involve complex issues in a highly regulated area of the law. There are many pitfalls, ranging from tax considerations to federal payment eligibility, that can be avoided with the help of a professional. Mattson Ricketts attorneys understand the areas that require additional care and can help you navigate the issues to produce a custom result that fulfills your particular needs.

Environmental Permitting, Regulation & Litigaton
Environmental Permitting, Regulation & Litigation

Mattson Ricketts has extensive experience in environmental permitting, regulation, and related litigation. We help put permits in place and defend our clients in any compliance actions. Our relationships with the environmental permitting agencies and local engineering professionals make us uniquely suited to handle environmental issues.

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