First Annual Mid-South Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference


Hosted by the Arkansas Bar Association, the National Sea Grant Law Center, and the National Agricultural Law Center


May 16, 2014

Tunica, Mississippi

Harrah’s Casino Conference Center


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, tax consultants, students and others involved in the agriculture and aquaculture industries in the southern U.S.   The goal is to provide excellent presentations, resources, and content and foster dialogue about the range of agricultural, food, and aquaculture issues for the Mid-South agricultural community. 


Topic and Speakers:


The topics and speakers are:


  • “Litigating Federal Crop Insurance Disputes: Overview and Discussion of Important Practical Pointers and Pitfalls”

J. Grant Ballard, Banks Law Firm PLLC

  • “Agricultural Leases for Mid-South Farmers, Lenders, and Landlords”

William C. Bridgforth, Ramsey, Bridgforth, Robinson and Raley LLP

James Calman McCastlain, Dover Dixon & Horne PLLC

J. Travis Baxter, Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates& Woodyard, P.L.L.C.

  • “The Gulf Dead Zone and Gulf Restoration v. EPA: What it Means for Agriculture in the Mississippi River Basin”

John Milner, Brunini, Grantham, Grower & Hewes, PLLC

  • “Hot Topics in Invasive Species Management: Lacey Act Reform, Biofuels, and More”

Stephanie Showalter Otts, Director, National Sea Grant Law Center

  • “Interacting Ethically with State Agencies”

Drew L. Kershen, Earl Sneed Centennial Professor of Law, The University of Oklahoma College of Law

  • “Nuisance Lawsuits and Right-to-Farm Laws for Mid-South Agriculture and Aquaculture”

Rusty Rumley, Senior Staff Attorney, National Agricultural Law Center


Time, Date, and Location:


Friday, May 16, 2014

8:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Harrah’s Casino Conference Center

13615 Old Highway North

Tunica, MS 38664


Hotel Reservations:


Block room rates are available through May 9, 2014, for both Thursday and Friday.  To reserve a room, contact Harrah’s Casino at 800-223-7277.  The block room rate code is: S05UML4




Arkansas Bar Association Members, Non-Arkansas Attorneys, and Non-Attorneys

Online by 5/9: $270

Mailed/Faxed by 5/9: $290

Onsite after 5/9: $305

Arkansas Attorneys Who Are Not Members of the Arkansas Bar Association: $340

Students: $35


Continuing Legal Education:


This program has been approved for 6.0 hours of CLE credit, including 1 hour of ethics, in Arkansas, Mississippi, and Louisiana.   For attorneys seeking credit in other states, conference hosts will gladly provide necessary information to the attorney so that they may apply for CLE credit.