July Round-Up

Summer is in full swing and the month of July has come and gone. Center staff have spent the warm summer month creating and updating content in order to continue to connect stakeholders with trusted research and information in agricultural law. Outlined below are our new and updated resources from the month of July.


  • Ten Legal Issues for Farm Stay Operators: Offering a farm stay accommodation can generate a new stream of revenue for farm and ranch owners. However, it is helpful to examine the associated legal requirements and legal risks. NALC partners Peggy Kirk Hall and Abigail Woods from Ohio State University Extension have written an article reviewing the top ten potential legal issues farm stay operators may face, including a checklist to assist in managing legal risk.
  • Financing the Farm: A Law Bulletin Series on Legal Arrangements for Farm Financing: Our Financing the Farm series, written in partnership with Peggy Kirk Hall and Evin Bachelor from Ohio State University Extension, discusses many different types of financial agreements. Each installment covers a different type of agreement and explains basic terminology, fundamental legal requirements, and how the arrangement is used in farming operations. This series was updated this month to include an installment on statutory liens.
  • Agricultural Nutrients and Water Quality: Recent Litigation in the United States: Agricultural nutrients and their impacts on water quality have been a concern for years. However, the mechanisms for addressing those impacts is evolving. This article, by NALC partner Ellen Essman at Ohio State University Extension and NALC Research Fellow Kevin Hivick, provides an overview of cases illustrating the current status of numerous attempts through litigation to address water quality impacts from agricultural nutrients.


Agricultural District Programs: The First 50 Years. Will They Survive Another 50?: On July 15th the Center hosted a webinar featuring Brook Duer, Staff Attorney for the Penn State Center for Agricultural and Shale Law. In this webinar Brook gave an overview of agricultural district programs, which states utilize them, how they have evolved, and what the future may hold as these programs enter the 2020’s. Find a recording of this webinar here.

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The Ag Law Weekly

This month the Center introduced the Ag Law Weekly, a compilation of the top headlines in agricultural and food law news summed up each week in a short bulletin. Let us catch you up to speed on the latest developments! Find this week’s edition here. To subscribe, email Sarah Cato.


  • Senior Staff Attorney Elizabeth Rumley was featured on an episode of the Ag Law in the Field Podcast with Tiffany Dowell Lashmet of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension. In this episode Elizabeth discussed the legal requirements for slaughter and processing of livestock in the United States. Listen here.
  • Senior Staff Attorney Rusty Rumley was a guest on Arkansas Farm Bureau’s AgCast podcast, where he discussed agricultural leases. Listen to the episode here.