2020 elections, ag bankruptcy on agenda for 7th annual Mid-South Ag/Environmental Law Conference

By Sarah Cato
U of A System Division of Agriculture
Fast facts
    •    National Agricultural Law Center will host its seventh annual Mid-South Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference
    •    June 4-5, 2020 in Memphis, Tennessee
    •    Register online at http://bit.ly/2S97qCn
Expected changes after the 2020 elections, agricultural bankruptcy and the latest on federal crop insurance and farm programs are among the timely topics to be discussed at the seventh annual Mid-South Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference this June.
The conference, hosted by the National Agricultural Law Center, addresses the unique challenges that impact agriculture in the mid-south. Several of the topics to be covered at the 2020 conference, such as crop insurance and bankruptcy, go hand in hand with the difficult year many faced in 2019. Other presentations will focus on possible changes or recurring issues in the agricultural industry.
“The Mid-South conference is among the premiere legal ag law and policy programs offered in the United States. We strive to provide timely and practical information for attorneys, lenders, appraisers and other ag professionals,” said Harrison Pittman, Director of the NALC. “This year, we have a well-respected lineup of speakers from around the country who will speak about potential changes after the 2020 elections, wetland issues and much more.”
Featured topics and speakers include:
• Ag Lending & Financial Outlook: A Mid-South Lender’s Perspective—Greg Cole, President and CEO of AgHeritage Farm Credit Services
• Ag Finance, Credit & Bankruptcy: Pointers and Pitfalls for Attorneys, Lenders and Landowners—Walter Kelley, Senior Partner at Kelley, Lovett, Blakely & Sanders, P.C. and Standing Chapter 12 and Chapter 7 Trustee for the Middle District of Georgia
• The Times They are a Changin’?: Ag Law & Regulatory Environment Post-2020 Elections—Autumn Veazey Price, Director of Government Relations for Land O’Lakes, Inc. and Hunt Shipman, Principal and Director for Cornerstone Government Affairs
 • Anatomy of a Historic NRCS Wetlands Dispute Victory: Lessons Learned and Top Practice Pointers—Michael Cooley, Partner at Allen Wellman McNew Harvey, LLP
• Legal Ethics in Dealing with the Government: Lobbying, Gifts and Related Considerations—Amanda Jones Tollison, Partner at Butler Snow and President of the Mississippi Bar Association
• Latest and Greatest in Federal Crop Insurance and Farm Programs—Grant Ballard, Partner at Ark Ag Law, PLLC.
The conference will begin June 4 at 6:30 p.m. with a “BBQ & Beer” welcome reception at The Rendezvous, an excellent networking opportunity. The conference speakers will begin the morning of June 5 at 8:30 a.m.
This conference will feature six hours of continuing education credit, including an hour of ethics. Also, those that register by May 18th will receive two “bonus” hours of online continuing education credit.
Registration, along with more information on the conference, can be found at http://bit.ly/2S97qCn.
For more information on the National Agricultural Law Center, visit https://nationalaglawcenter.org/ or follow @Nataglaw on Twitter.
About the National Agricultural Law Center
The National Agricultural Law Center serves as the nation’s leading source of agricultural and food law research and information. The Center works with producers, state and federal policymakers, Congressional staffers, attorneys, land grant universities, and many others to provide objective, nonpartisan agricultural and food law research and information to the nation’s agricultural community.
The Center is a unit of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and works in close partnership with the USDA Agricultural Research Service, National Agricultural Library.
About the Division of Agriculture
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work within the nation’s historic land grant education system.
The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas System. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses.
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institution. If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate or need materials in another format, please contact 479-575-4607 as soon as possible. Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay.

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