Farm Regulation

Lawyers at Cohen Highley provide comprehensive, strategic legal advice and representation regarding a wide range of farm regulation issues.


Cohen Highley’s Regulatory Affairs Group provides legal representation and advice to farmers, landowner associations, interest groups and industry with respect to regulatory issues affecting farmers, the operation of their businesses and the marketing of agricultural commodities. This includes issues such as:

  • Municipal caps on intensive agriculture;
  • Minimum distance separation compliance;
  • Normal farm practice;
  • Surface and groundwater manure contamination;
  • Building permit appeals;
  • Municipal drains;
  • Municipal tax assessment appeals;
  • Road salt contamination;
  • Commodity marketing issues.

We can help you:

  • Understand the complex legislation and regulations governing farm practices and the marketing of agricultural commodities;
  • Comply with restrictions on agricultural expansion and intensive livestock operations;
  • Restrain nuisances, odours, dust and contamination from neighbouring facilities.

Whatever your Farming Regulation issues, we’re here to provide you with expert advice and world-class service.


Our lawyers are members of the Canadian Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the American Trial Lawyers Association and have written extensively and given numerous presentations on farm regulation and commodity marketing issues. Lawyers at Cohen Highley have appeared before provincial and federal trial and appellate courts and various administrative tribunals, including the Ontario Municipal Board, the Farm Practices Protection Board, the Assessment Review Board, the Drainage Tribunal and the Walkerton Water Inquiry.