Food & Agriculture Law

There are many essential components to a thriving food and agricultural system.  Having worked extensively with individuals, entrepreneurs, businesses, local governments, and non-profits, Olson, Bzdok & Howard is able to provide our food and agricultural clients with guidance and representation grounded in a detailed understanding of how the overall food system is connected, as well as experience with the many varied stages and facets of this important sector of our local, state, and national economy.  Some of our related areas of practice include:

Food and Agricultural Businesses and Entrepreneurs.  We have provided assistance and guidance to food- and agricultural-related entrepreneurs and businesses with a variety of issues, including: formation of a business, corporate governance, local investment and finance, contracts, employment, farm market rules, and other legal matters.   

Food and Safety RegulationWe can provide assistance in navigating the state, federal, and local food and health laws, including the Food Law and Cottage Food Law Acts.

Agricultural Real Estate Transactions and Estate and Tax PlanningWe have assisted with real estate transactions related to the transfer, purchase, lease, and protection of farmland, including the tax implications and permanent protection of land through conservation easements.   Similarly, through our estate law practice, we can help farm families develop estate plans providing for the stewardship of their business and land for future generations.

Food and Agricultural ZoningWe have advised local governments on the drafting and application of agricultural zoning provisions, and helped farmers and other agricultural and food businesses navigate local zoning and the Right-to-Farm Act.


Larry McKay & Joan McKay have joined our firm!

Olson, Bzdok & Howard welcomes Larry McKay and Joan McKay into our firm as Of Counsel attorneys. Olson, Bzdok & Howard will continue to maintain offices in both Traverse City and Frankfort, so that we can more conveniently serve clients in the surrounding counties throughout northern Michigan.

January 1, 2015