Agribusiness and Farming

Patterson Law recognizes the importance of agribusiness and farming to the Canadian economy and sustainability.  With offices in rural and urban communities throughout Nova Scotia, our lawyers have extensive experience advising different agribusinesses, including advising farmers/producers and their families; processors and manufacturers; industry groups; agricultural lenders; and the end consumer.

Our lawyers are attuned to the unique issues which agribusiness may face and has experienced lawyers available to assist in any area of law required including:

  • regulatory compliance including as it may relate to food production, processing, marketing or export
  • corporate governance including for co-operative associations or industry groups
  • corporate structuring and restructuring
  • tax planning
  • real estate and land acquisitions, sales and disputes including related to expropriation
  • purchases and sales, mergers and acquisitions
  • joint ventures
  • financing, including with agribusiness lenders
  • environmental compliance
  • technological advancements including protection of intellectual property
  • manufacturing and supply agreements and relationships
  • employment and labour matters
  • regulatory board hearings
  • succession planning
  • wills and estate planning

We have extensive experience in agricultural financing matters and have represented producers, banks, farm credit system institutions, insurance companies and commercial finance companies in such matters as negotiating, closing and enforcing agricultural credits and loans secured by crops, land and equipment.