National and Local Service

National and Local Service

Although located in a rural setting, the Law Office of Wendell Hoskins II has gained national prominence by focusing on a narrow and specialized area of the law.  Because crop insurance disputes must be arbitrated under the rules of the American Arbitration Association, the overwhelming majority of these cases are not tried in a traditional courtroom setting – but rather before a duly-appointed arbitrator.  Because the arbitration is not a court proceeding, the rules and procedure are the same whether the case involves peaches in South Carolina or alfalfa hay in California.  

Likewise, any challenge to a USDA determination is governed by identical procedures regardless of the state or county where the crop is grown or the agency decision was made.  With 28 years of experience in navigating the rules, regulations and procedures of the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC), the Risk Management Agency (RMA), the Farm Service Agency (FSA) and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Wendell can analyze, evaluate and present the farmer’s side of the issue – both as a lawyer and a farmer.

But Wendell’s work has not been limited to proceedings outside the courtroom.  Wendell has tried jury and bench trials in state and federal courts throughout the country, including civil and criminal matters involving agricultural issues.  Where these cases take Wendell outside the state and federal courts in which he is licensed to practice, a network of local attorneys throughout the nation are available to assist as local co-counsel without additional cost to the client.

If you have a question or concern about your crop insurance, your FSA or NRCS benefits, or injury to your crop due to herbicide drift or misapplication, call us for a free consultation.

The legal problems faced by farmers are our focus.


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