Webinars - National Agricultural Law Center


Considering Carbon: Agribusiness and All Things Crypto; An Introduction to the Basics

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Carbon markets and crypto assets are rapidly evolving topics and the National Agricultural Law Center is hosting a free webinar Aug. 18 to provide clarity on how these technologies can be applied in the agriculture and environmental arenas.

In the Weeds:  Legal Approaches to Dealing with Noxious Weeds on Farmlandhallpic cropped

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Join us for a discussion of the factors that may be contributing to increased occurrences of noxious weed problems on farm and ranch lands, such as herbicide resistance, changing weather patterns, and seed transference. The webinar will present different approaches to controlling noxious weeds, comparing and contrasting state laws that address noxious weeds in agricultural areas.

Voluntary Approaches to Agricultural Water Pollution Reduction

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — There are many contributing factors, through both point and non-point sources, to water quality impairment in the United States. In this webinar we’ll discuss types of voluntary approaches to agricultural water pollution reduction, particularly focusing on the current state of water quality trading and adaptive management frameworks.

Understanding Federal Milk Marketing Orders and Current Dairy Risk Management Tools

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — This webinar will unpack the terminology and process surrounding the administration of current FMMOs. It will explain in simple terms how the value of all milk ‘pooled’ in FMMO’s designated marketing area, regardless of the products into which it is made (‘utilization’), is shared by its producers via the establishment of a uniform blended price.  In addition, the common criticisms of the present FMMO administration will be highlighted and explored.

Considering Carbon: The Evolution and Operation of Carbon MarketsChandler Van Voorhis

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — This webinar will provide practical and technical insight into how carbon markets practically function, and how they have evolved in recent years. This includes addressing some the basics of the industry, specifically including how sellers and buyers become connected and how the transaction itself is created and completed.

Considering Carbon: Opportunities and Challenges Agriculture Faces in the Climate Debate

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — This webinar will discuss how policy initiatives and collaboration through broad coalitions brought agriculture to this point, explain what agriculture ecosystem credit markets are and why they’re emerging so strongly now.

Focus on Food: Legislation that would Change Meat Processingbeth-cropped

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — This webinar, while providing an outline of the current regulatory structure, will primarily focus on the federal and state policy proposals that would change the requirements, standards, and oversight of slaughter and processing facilities.

High Capacity Wells: A Survey of Groundwater Withdrawl Rights and Regulations

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Many agricultural producers rely on groundwater for irrigation, but regulations for withdrawing it can vary from state to state.

Federal Crop Insurance: Legal Update and Latest Developments

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — After a season of volatile markets, unforgiving weather patterns and a global pandemic, federal crop insurance will play a key role in keeping many agricultural producers afloat in 2021.

Stuck in the Swamp: Swampbuster BasicsBrigit Rollins, NALC staff attorney

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Though the goal of many federal conservation programs may be simple, the implementation and compliance can often be difficult to navigate. The National Agricultural Law Center will attempt to clear up confusion surrounding one particular program in a free webinar on February 3.

Looking Ahead: Impact of the 2020 Elections on Ag Law and Policy

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The 2020 elections, regardless of the outcome, will be historically significant for U.S. agriculture. This webinar will analyze agricultural policy and lawmaking in light of the 2020 election results.

A year in review: Ag law webinar to discuss top 10 issues of 2020Brigit Rollins, NALC staff attorney

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — After a year full of pivotal legal developments, the National Agricultural Law Center will give 2020 the retrospective it deserves, with a webinar discussing the year’s top 10 ag and food legal issues as determined by center staff.

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.

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 webinar Brigit 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.

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 to review proposed changes to the 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.