Monthly Archives: April 2017

How to Protect Customer Information

Millions of consumers are put at risk when companies lose control of their personal data and information. In fact, the FTC recently made settlements with companies for not protecting sensitive data including Social Security numbers. Personal information such as social security numbers should always be encrypted. Companies should follow the guidelines created by the Federal

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Diversity in Agriculture and Food Production

Attracting more minorities and veterans to the farming and food industry has gotten easier with the USDA’s Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Program, also known as the 2501 Program. The program enables community organizations and others to work directly with minority groups to help them buy,

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IP and Your Business

A company’s intellectual property is a valuable asset to a business. It can significantly increase a firm’s net worth, and it can be a tool used to attract potential investors to the company. When a company experiences a violation or theft of its intellectual property, the company can file a lawsuit against the perpetrators. Copyrights,

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The History and Evolution of Organic Foods

Organic foods are nothing new. Your grandparents and great grandparents probably grow up with organic foods. We are now just hearing more about them in the news and latest food trends. Prior to World War II, all crops were organic. Farmers and food producers used natural methods to nurture the soil and control pests. After

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Understanding Agriculture Surveys

Various agriculture surveys are consistently being conducted throughout the year by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). These surveys allow farmers, ranchers, and food producers to reveal important information about their farming and food-producing practices that help keep food products and livestock safe for human consumption. The information is published in various farm publications and

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How to Know if Your Invention is Patentable

Knowing the proper steps to determine the patentability of an invention is vital when asking the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) to patent your creation, product, or service. Entrepreneurs and business owners should examine their inventions to ensure they can be patented. Many inventions fail to be granted a patent because the inventors

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Arsenic in Our Food

Are we feeding ourselves poison without knowing it? Many foods that we enjoy, even staples in our diets, have toxic chemical in them called arsenic. Researchers have found significant levels of inorganic arsenic in a variety of food products, along with organic arsenic. These foods are consumed by grown-ups and children, alike. One food in

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What Can be Copyrighted?

A copyright is an important part of your intellectual property. Many times entrepreneurs and companies fail to understand the importance of a copyright and do not know what items in their intellectual property should be copyrighted. An experienced intellectual property attorney can help you better understand copyright laws and know the items you should include

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