Fifth Annual Mid-South Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference

consortium logo squareHosted by the Agricultural & Food Law Consortium

June 7-8, 2018

Memphis, Tennessee

University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law


Agriculture in the Mid-South is uniquely impacted by changes and developments in state, federal, and international laws and policies.  This program is part of a long-term effort to provide relevant and timely agricultural and environmental legal research and information to attorneys, lenders, accountants, tax consultants, students and other agricultural professionals involved in the agriculture and aquaculture industries in the southern U.S.   The goal is to provide resources in the form of presentations and content, as well as to foster dialogue about the range of agricultural, food, and aquaculture issues for the Mid-South agricultural community.

Led by the National Agricultural Law Center, the Agricultural & Food Law Consortium is a national, multi-institutional collaboration designed to enhance and expand the development and delivery of authoritative, timely, and objective agricultural and food law research and information.  In that capacity, Consortium members have organized and are hosting this conference.


Conference Agenda:

Thursday, June 7

6:30 – 8:30 pm:  Welcome Reception at The Rendezvous Restaurant, 52 S. Second Street, Memphis, TN

Join us for a “BBQ & Beer” reception at one of downtown Memphis’ most famous restaurants (cost included in registration)

Friday, June 8

7:30 a.m.:  Registration & Light Breakfast

7:50:  Welcome & Announcements  

8:00 – 8:45:        Mid-South Farm Economy Update for Lawyers & Lenders

Greg Cole, CEO and President, AgHeritage Farm Credit Services

8:45 – 10:00:      From the Potomac:  Ag Update from  D.C.

Stephen Vaden, Acting USDA General Counsel

Kristi Boswell, Senior Advisor to USDA Secretary Perdue

Ray Starling, Special Assistant to President Trump on Agriculture, National Economic Council (invited)

Moderated by Wes Ward, Secretary, Arkansas Department of Agriculture

10:00 – 10:15:     Break

10:15 – 11:15:    Litigating Pesticide Drift Claims:  Plaintiff & Defense Perspectives

Jerry Kelly, Kelly Law Firm (Lonoke, Arkansas)

John Tull, Founding Member, Quattlebaum, Grooms & Tull PLLC

11:15 – 12:15:       Ag Tax for Farmers & Agribusinesses

Kristine Tidgren, Director, Center for Agricultural Law & Taxation, Iowa State University

12:15 – 1:30:       Lunch (provided) – Networking

1:30 – 2:30:         Legal Ethics for Ag Practitioners

Lucian T. Pera, Partner, Adams & Reese LLP & President, Tennessee Bar Association

2:30 – 3:30:        Ag Financing & Land Transactions:  Legal Pointers & Pitfalls

Seth Hampton, Quattlebaum, Grooms & Tull PLLC

Conference Time, Date, and Location:

Friday, June 8, 2018

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law

1 North Front Street

Memphis, TN 38103


To register for this conference, click here.


Attendees seeking continuing education credit (CLE/CE): $175

Other attendees, not seeking professional credit: $125

Students: $25

Continuing Education:

Organizers have applied for six hours of CLE credit in Arkansas, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee, including one hour of ethics.  If you are interested in continuing education credit in other states or for other professions, email Rusty Rumley for assistance.

Speaker Biographies

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Conference Materials:

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