Category Food & Agribusiness

Producers Receive Additional Relief for 2020 Crop Year with CFAP 2

  The USDA released a Final Rule to announce the second round of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP 2) on Friday, September 18, 2020. Applications will be accepted through county FSA offices from Monday, September 21 through December 11, 2020, or until the allocated $14 billion runs out. So, what’s CFAP 2, and how does it compare to... Read More

Coronavirus Food Assistance Program – CFAP

  The United States Department of Agriculture (“USDA”) announced very high-level details regarding the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (“CFAP”) on April 17, 2020. The CFAP is designed to provide money directly to crop and livestock producers to solidify the food chain during COVID-19. Finally, one month after the initial release, the USDA has... Read More

Relaxed Regulations for Food and Beverage Sales

  As restaurants, bars, and breweries struggle to adjust to our new social-distancing normal, the state has relaxed some of the regulations on how these businesses can continue to provide alcohol to their customers.  Specifically, there has been significant flexibility provided as to what, and how, beer or liquor can leave the facility.   All... Read More

Contract Brewing - A Strategy for "Right Sizing" Brewery Production

One of the toughest decisions a brewery owner must make is deciding how much production capacity is the right amount.  Starting (or expanding) a brewery is a huge decision.  Brewing equipment is expensive and filling excess production capacity can be a tediously slow process.  After an expansion, a brewery owner may spend many sleepless nights... Read More

A Huge Win For Iowa's Great Distilleries!

The law, as it was written, allowed Iowa breweries and wineries to serve alcohol on site to paying customers.  However, Iowa distilleries did not enjoy a similar privilege.  This meant that Iowa distilleries could not sell a glass of their spirits to visiting customers.  This Prohibition era restriction limits customer engagement with Iowa... Read More