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Craft beer & the law: Webinar to discuss legal considerations for breweries

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Opening and running a small business can be a difficult process, with labor laws, taxes and other strains. However, when beer or wine is in the mix, things get much more complicated.

Who has the right to repair farming equipment? Webinar addresses Right to Repair statutes

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Advanced technology has brought farmers modern-day tools to assist in increasing yield and decreasing costs. However, as farm machinery becomes more advanced, legal questions arise as to a farmer’s ability to perform routine maintenance and other repairs on their equipment.

Facing Farm Financial Stress: Bulletin series shows life cycle of a farm bankruptcyNALC logo-HighRes

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Unforgiving weather patterns, trade disputes and low commodity prices have become the perfect storm for financial distress in the agricultural community, with family farm bankruptcies rising 23 percent for the 12-month period from March 2019 to March 2020.

National Ag Law Center welcomes two new staff attorneys

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – To further their mission and better serve their stakeholders, the National Agricultural Law Center has hired two new staff attorneys, Micah Brown and Sarah Catherine Copper.

Agritourism: Opportunities and obstacles discussed in August 19 webinarhallpic cropped

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Beckoned by agritourism, urbanites and suburbanites sometimes flock to the country to visit pumpkin patches, vineyards and petting zoos or take trail rides, getting up close and personal with large animals and equipment. What could possibly go wrong?

Agricultural district programs offer protection, benefits for farmland owners

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – For half a century, agricultural district programs, meant to protect farmers from the pressures of expanding urbanization, have evolved and been deployed in various forms around the country. The growing gap between agriculture and those in expanding suburban areas could pose a threat to those protections, however.

Dicamba ruling, EPA cancellation order to be discussed in June 24 webinarBrigit Rollins, NALC staff attorney

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – A federal appeals court ruling that prompted the Environmental Protection Agency’s cancellation of three dicamba-based herbicides has not only drawn new attention, but also is raising questions about use of existing stock.

Update on COVID-19 and agricultural law covered in June 17 webinarharrison-cropped

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – In a field already disrupted by weather disasters, depressed commodity prices and trade disputes, COVID-19 has proved to be yet another obstacle for those in agriculture.

Requirements for U.S. meat slaughter and processing outlined in June 3 webinar

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – With meat and poultry processing crippled by COVID-19 closures, some producers with a backlog of animals are seeking other means to process their stock, including smaller processing facilities. Additionally, interest is growing in the necessary steps to open and maintain these types of facilities. However, there are numerous considerations for both groups to examine, Elizabeth Rumley, a Senior Staff Attorney at the National Agricultural Law Center, said.

Ag mediation can solve problems for farmers, agribusinesses

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Agricultural producers face many unique challenges when trying to balance difficult decisions and important relationships. When stuck between a rock and a hard place, agricultural mediation can offer assistance.

7th Annual Mid-South Ag/Environmental Law Conference moves online

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The annual Mid-South Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference will look a little different in 2020 for two reasons: it’s moving online in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, and conference proceeds will benefit a new fellowship for law students.

National Ag Law Center opens online resource library on COVID-19 issues

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The COVID-19 pandemic’s dramatic effects on the economy and the subsequent regulatory reactions have hit the agriculture industry hard, making difficult to navigate issues such as agricultural labor, contracts and direct marketing, increasingly confusing.

Ag Labor in a global pandemic: What agribusinesses must know to survive COVID-19

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – In a profession subject to heavy stresses from weather and the markets, the COVID-19 pandemic is throwing another major obstacle in the way of agricultural producers and others in the food supply chain.

COVID-19 and Agriculture: Federal regulatory changes addressed in April 22 webinar

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – From inspections to transportation, concerns over a safe and continuous food supply have caused numerous federal agencies to implement regulatory changes in agricultural production.

‘The Deal with Dicamba’: Dicamba-related litigation to be discussed in April 15 webinar

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – A Missouri peach farmer was recently awarded $265 million after a jury found that his orchard was damaged by dicamba-based pesticides. Hundreds of similar lawsuits have been filed, and their rulings could have far-reaching effects on the herbicide’s use in the United States.

April 1 webinar name to review proposed changes to National Environmental Policy Act

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – In January, the Council on Environmental Quality sought regulatory overhaul for the National Environmental Policy Act, the first significant change to the act since it was passed in 1970.

Liability: How ag landowners can protect themselves

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — City dwellers looking for recreational opportunities away from the city will sometimes find themselves on farmland, leaving landowners with increased exposure to liability, say legal experts.

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

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — 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.

What’s in a name? Webinar will discuss labeling laws for ‘fake meat’

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — As alternative proteins gain popularity, the controversy of what to call them has turned legal.

Crop insurance audits: How to prepare outlined in NALC bulletin

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Excessive rain paired with less than ideal market conditions can lead to many farmers relying on the Federal Crop Insurance Program to soften the blow of a rough growing season. However, producers relying on this program should be prepared for a potential crop insurance audit.

2020 Vision: Webinar offers clarity on agricultural labor 

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Labor and employment laws in the United States can be difficult to navigate under the best of circumstances. With exemptions and exceptions for agricultural labor, however, these laws become even more complicated for employers.

Solar leases: National Ag Law Center guides outline what you need to know

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – With a spike in the solar industry, many landowners are leasing their property to solar developers as a form of extra income. However, these specialty leases present some unique legal concerns.

Hemp production meeting set for Dec. 19 

LITTLE ROCK – The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture will host an informational meeting on Thursday, Dec. 19 for producers interested in growing hemp.

Divorce on the farm: Fact sheet series addresses family law issues in agriculture

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – From animal issues to child support, divorces in farm and ranch families present unique challenges that can have a significant impact on agricultural operations. To address some of these unique challenges, the National Agricultural Law Center has published a fact sheet series discussing family law in agriculture.

Ag bankruptcy: Chapter 12 considerations outlined in Oct. 16 webinar

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – After a year of lower commodity prices, extreme weather, and ongoing trade tensions in world markets, much needed debt relief can be available to family farms through Chapter 12 bankruptcy.

Hemp webinar talks CBD legality, THC testing

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Unanswered questions for industrial hemp production in the United States has the industry watching the United States Department of Agriculture closely as they await regulations, according to the National Agricultural Law Center

Hemp webinar to discuss possible regulation announcements

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. –  The 2018 Farm Bill has opened a window of opportunity for cultivation of industrial hemp – an industry whose products were valued at nearly $700 million in 2016. However, before U.S. growers can go all out for industrial hemp, there’s a regulatory waiting game that needs to play out.

Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act explained in Aug. 21 webinar 

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Because some crops, such as fresh fruit, are highly perishable, laws such as the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act, or PACA, are in place to protect producers from unfair business practices.

Glyphosate trials, hemp laws addressed in 2019 congressional briefing 

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Congressional staffers working with agricultural law and policy issues received a briefing on the latest developments in herbicide litigation, industrial hemp and cultured meat from senior staff attorneys with the National Agricultural Law Center.

Hunting leases: What you need to know, explained in July 17 webinar 

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Leasing property for recreational use, such as hunting, can be a source of additional income, but these leases come with more factors than landowners may expect.

Ag and Environmental Law Conference speakers give insights into realities of hemp, down farm economy 

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The new realities of hemp and the hard realities of a down farm economy are among the issues speakers brought to the sixth annual Mid-South Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference.

Louisiana attorney to discuss complexities of ag labor, immigration at Mid-South Agricultural & Environmental Law Conference

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Labor laws can be difficult to navigate, but when applied to agricultural employees, they become even more complicated. At the sixth annual Mid-South Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference, Brandon Davis, partner at Phelps Dunbar, LLP, of New Orleans, will discuss agricultural labor and immigration for farmers and agribusinesses.

USDA general counsel to be keynote at 6th annual environmental/ag law conference June 6-7 at Memphis 

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Environmental law, immigration and agricultural labor, ag bankruptcy, and a keynote address by U. S. Department of Agriculture General Counsel Stephen Vaden  are some of the hot topics on the agenda for the sixth annual Mid-South Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference, set for June 6-7 in Memphis, Tennessee.

May 8 webinar to discuss state approaches to water quality impacts from agricultural nutrients

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Nutrients from agricultural crop production have had a detrimental impact on water quality in the United States, but many states are working to address the issue.

Recording of industrial hemp webinar available online 

LITTLE ROCK – A recording of the industrial hemp webinar presented by University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, is now available online.

Endangered Species Act on agenda for Mid-South Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Environmental regulations provide both protections and challenges — protections for natural resources and the people and animals who depend on them; compliance challenges for many landowners. At the Mid-South Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference, Jim Noles, founding partner at Barze Taylor Noles Lowther, LLC, will address how attorneys, lenders and landowners can best navigate related regulatory issues.

April 29 webinar: Growing industrial hemp in Arkansas 

LITTLE ROCK – The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture is hosting an April 29 webinar that will parse the legalities of industrial hemp production in Arkansas.

Property rights of landowners explained in March 20 webinar

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Right of way agreements and eminent domain could allow for powerline or pipeline companies to enter, or even seize, privately owned land. When a company is seeking such agreements, it’s important for landowners to know their rights.

‘Checkup on Checkoffs’ webinar to cover legal updates in commodity checkoff programs 

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Checkoff programs offer vital research and information for both producers and consumers of agricultural commodities. Over the past year, these programs have undergone a number of legal and policy changes relevant to their future operations.

‘Farms and fun’ webinar to cover liability in agritourism Jan 16 

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – While the growth of the agritourism industry could mean extra income for farmers, it could also mean an increase in risk.

Nov. 14 webinar to cover Endangered Species Act and agriculture 

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The National Agricultural Law Center will host a webinar Wednesday, Nov. 14, to clarify the application of the Endangered Species Act in the context of agriculture.

Milk wars: Controversy over plant-based ‘milk’ explained in Ag Law Center white paper 

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Although debate and conflict have surrounded the term “milk” since 1997, there have been recent strides in the dairy industry’s conflict regarding the labeling of plant-based products as “milk.” A publication from the National Agricultural Law Center explains the dispute’s history, facts and recent events.

Oct. 17 webinar to cover food safety and the law 

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Jacqueline Schweichler, staff attorney at the Penn State Center for Agricultural and Shale Law, will address recent developments in the Food Safety Modernization Act through a webinar hosted by the National Agricultural Law Center Wednesday, Oct. 17 at noon EDT/11 a.m. CDT.

Pittman, Rumley to appear at Texas A&M Law Review Agricultural Law Symposium 

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The National Agricultural Law Center will be weighing in on the evolving landscape of right-to-farm laws and offering a legislative update during the 2018 Texas A&M Law Review Fall Symposium on Friday in Fort Worth, Texas.

Pittman to present ‘Recent and Emerging Issues in Ag & Food Law’ 

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Harrison Pittman, director of the National Agricultural Law Center, will present “Recent & Emerging Issues in Ag & Food Law: Overview for Arkansas Ag & Food Industries” Monday, Sept. 17.

Machine learning, blockchain, data big and small mark Ag Tech/Law conference 

LITTLE ROCK – Artificial intelligence, blockchain and robotics are all powerful new technologies that are not only making changes in agriculture, but are also plowing up new legal issues for attorneys, state governments and producers, presenters said during a national ag tech and law conference.