Posted April 24, 2014
The Arkansas Bar Association, the National Agricultural Law Center, and the National Sea Grant Law Center will host the first annual Mid-South Agricultural & Environmental Law Conference on May 16, 2014.  The Delta Farm Press and Ag Fax reported on the story hereand here.
“This is the first conference of its kind, and is in direct response to requests we’ve received to provide legal research and information specific to Mid-South agriculture,” said Harrison Pittman, director of the National Agricultural Law Center.  “Farming in the Mid-South has its own unique legal and policy aspects.  This conference is meant to address those, and we’ve got a top-flight lineup of experts to speak on the topics.”
The conference offers 6.0 hours of CLE credit, including 1.0 Ethics hour in Arkansas, Mississippi, and Louisiana.  The complete schedule is available here.
Topics and speaker include:
“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
Location: Harrah’s Casino, 13615 Old Highway North, Tunica, MS.  For hotel reservations, please call 800-223-7277.
Member Cost: Online by 5/9 $270, Mailed/Faxed by 5/9 $290, Onsite after 5/9 $305
Non-Member Cost: $340
Student Cost: $35


Registration information is available here.  For non-attorneys and attorneys not licensed in Arkansas, use event code “CLE751” for online registration.  For any difficulties registering, please contact Kristen Scherm at