Our agribusiness roots run deep.
Katie and Micah’s families have worked in food and agriculture for five generations and counting. The Roenbaughs trace their roots to the farmers that settled Kansas, and the Schwalbs led the International Apple Association, the New York Fruit Auction, and the American Apple Grower's Association, while also owning an orchard near Romney, West Virginia.
The Schwalb’s experience counseling producers began with the Blue Barn Group, their family-owned operation in Southwest Kansas. Today Lee Schwalb assists Blue Barn with issues ranging from land transactions to employee management and compliance, as well as how to navigate state and federal regulations affecting production. We understand the business and personal dynamics experienced by others who hope to leave a legacy for future generations. We speak the language of agriculture.
Chuck grew up working on a farm https://turnbowlivestock.farm/. He has extensive experience representing ag lenders in commercial and bankruptcy matters. He has counseled and litigated on behalf of national grain companies, agricultural equipment manufacturers, wind energy companies and rural water districts.
Chuck, by virtue of his service as General Counsel to National Crop Insurance Services, also has a comprehensive understanding of the federal crop insurance program and private crop-hail products.
Together, the lawyers at Lee Schwalb have successfully represented small and large companies involved in food and agriculture. Our clients have ranged between international beverage manufacturers to a local chocolate producer, as well as other family-owned production operations, agri-tourism businesses, agricultural equipment manufacturers, regional farm implement dealers, wind energy companies, greenhouse equipment suppliers, veterinarians, farm credit lenders, rural utilities providers, vegetable producers, grain storage companies, coops, commodity pool operators, merchandising advisors, remote landowners, agricultural trade associations, and land-grant universities.
We have helped clients with mergers and acquisitions, structure new businesses, lease and purchase ground, set up dairies, sell ranches, purchase cattle, acquire equipment, license technology, settle disputes, negotiate financing, hire and fire employees, manage public affairs, protect water rights, navigate federal support programs, comply with state and federal regulations, lease minerals, protect intellectual property, establish and manage grain storage facilities, interface with state and federal water authorities in conservation proceedings, structure conservation-focused impact investments, litigate appeals of USDA decisions, and establish agribusiness-focused hedge funds.
Because of our experience representing venture-backed companies, we are also uniquely positioned to advise (and have advised) rural businesses on issues presented by precision agriculture, companies seeking to disrupt agriculture, and new market entrants.
We have a special place in our hearts for food and agriculture. We hope you do too.
Joseph Schwalb hands out
apples during the depression.
The Blue Barn