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.

This conference will feature 6 hours of continuing education, including an hour of ethics.  Further, for participants who register before May 18th, 2 bonus hours of online continuing education will also be included.  More information on continuing education credit is available below.


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

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

Online “Bonus” CLE

Those who register by May 18 are eligible for two “bonus” hours of online CLE, in addition to the conference.  A link for the sign on information will be sent via email to all those who register on or before May 18th.

The online CLE will be held May 22 from 11am- 1pm CDT.  The presentations will be:

Ag & Food Law Update for the Mid-South (11am – 12pm)

Harrison Pittman, Director, National Agricultural Law Center

Peggy Kirk Hall, Director, Agricultural & Resource Law Program, The Ohio State University

Ross Pifer, Director, Center for Agricultural & Shale Law, Penn State Law

Stephanie Showalter Otts, Director, National Sea Grant Law Center, University of Mississippi School of Law

Local Land Use Law & Issues for Rural Practitioners (12pm – 1pm)

Peggy Kirk Hall, Director, Agricultural & Resource Law Program, The Ohio State University

Moderator, Rusty Rumley, Senior Staff Attorney, National Agricultural Law Center



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:

For the June 8th conference:

  • Legal- This program has been approved for six hours of CLE credit in Arkansas and Tennessee, including one hour of ethics.  It has been approved for 7.2 hours of CLE credit, including 1.2 hours of ethics, in Missouri.  Organizers have applied for six hours of CLE credit, including one hour of ethics, in Mississippi.
  • Real Estate- It has been submitted to the Arkansas and Louisiana Real Estate Commissions for continuing education consideration.
  • American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers: It has been approved for 6.5 hours of CE credit.

For the the “bonus” online CLE on May 22nd:

  • Legal- This program has been approved for 2 hours of CLE credit in Arkansas.
  • American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers: It has been approved for 2 hours of CE credit.

If you are interested in continuing education credit in other states or for other professions, email Rusty Rumley for assistance.

Speaker Biographies

Available here

Conference Materials:

Upcoming: Watch for future updates!