Ninth Annual Mid-South Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference

Hosted by the National Agricultural Law Center

June 9-10, 2022

Memphis, Tennessee

University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law


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, accountants, tax consultants, students and other agricultural professionals involved in the agricultural industries in the southern U.S.   The goal is to provide resources in the form of presentations and content, as well as to foster dialogue about the range of agricultural, food, and environmental law issues for the Mid-South agricultural community.

This conference will take place in person in Memphis, Tennessee, but will also be live-streamed online for attendees who are unable to attend in person.  It will feature 6 hours of continuing education, including an hour of ethics.  Further, for participants who register before May 22nd, 2 “bonus hours” of online continuing education will also be included.  More information on continuing education credit is available below.


Conference Time & Date:

Friday, June 10, 2022

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Conference Locations: 

University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law

1 North Front Street
Memphis, TN 38103

Live-streamed online for virtual participation


Conference Agenda:

Thursday, June 9

6:30 – 8:30 pm:  Welcome Reception at The Rendezvous Restaurant, 52 S. Second Street, Memphis, TN

Join us for a “BBQ & Beer” reception at one of downtown Memphis’ most famous restaurants (cost included in registration)

Friday, June 10

7:30 a.m.:  Registration & Light Breakfast

8:00-8:30:  Welcome, Announcements and Keynote Speaker 

The Honorable Judge Stephen Vaden, United States Court of International Trade, Former USDA General Counsel (2016-2020)

8:30 – 9:30: Mid-South Ag Lending and Market Outlook: Recent Trends and Outlook

Greg Cole, President and CEO of AgHeritage Farm Credit Services

9:30– 10:30: Attorney Wellness & Diversity in the Legal Profession: Ethics

Sherie Edwards, President, Tennessee Bar Association; Vice President of Corporate and Legal for State Volunteer Mutual Insurance Co.

10:30 – 10:45:     Break

10:45 – 11:45:  Future of Dicamba, Enlist Duo, & Other Crop Protection Products

Alexandra Dunn, Partner, Baker Botts L.L.P.; Former Assistant Administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention

11:45 – 1:00:       Lunch (provided) – Networking

1:00 – 2:00:    Estate Planning & Taxation: Latest Updates, Pitfalls, & Pointers

Lucas M. Haley, The Limbaugh Firm

2:00 – 3:00:     Update from the Potomac: 2023 Farm Bill & Related Issues in Ag & Food

Hunt Shipman, Principal and Director, Cornerstone Government Affairs

3:00 – 4:00: Foreign Ownership of Agricultural Land in the Mid-South: Legal and Legislative Update

Harrison Pittman, Director, National Agricultural Law Center

Micah Brown, Staff Attorney, National Agricultural Law Center


To register for this conference, click here.


Attendees seeking continuing education credit (CLE/CE): $175

Other attendees, not seeking professional credit: $125

Media members: $75

Undergraduate or Law Students: $25


Organizers have not reserved a conference block of rooms, but several hotels are located across the street from or within a block of the law school.  Click here for a map.


Continuing Education:

For the June 10th conference:

  • Legal- This program has been approved for 6 total hours of CLE in Arkansas, Kansas, Mississippi, and Tennessee including one hour of ethics.  It has been approved for 7.2 total hours of CLE in Missouri, including 1.2 hours of ethics.
  • American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers: This program has been approved for 7 hours of CE.

For the the “bonus” online CLE on May 24th:

  • Legal- This program has been approved for two hours of general CLE credit in Arkansas, Kansas, Mississippi and Tennessee.  It has been approved for 2.4 hours of general CLE credit in Missouri.
  • American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers: This program has been approved for 2 hours of CE.

Attendees routinely apply for continuing education credit in other states or for other professions.  For more information and assistance, email Rusty Rumley.

Online “Bonus” CLE

Those who register by May 22 are eligible for two “bonus” hours of online CLE/CE, in addition to the conference.  Those hours will be held from 11am-1pm CDT on May 24th.  The presentations are:

Ag Labor Update: H-2A, Adverse Effect Wage Rate Changes, and Related Issues for 2022 and Beyond (11am – 12pm CDT)

Brandon Davis, Partner, Phelps Dunbar LLP

Ag & Environmental Law Update (12pm – 1pm CDT)

Ross Pifer, Director, Center for Agricultural & Shale Law, Penn State Law
Brigit Rollins, Staff Attorney (Environmental Law), National Agricultural Law Center
Rusty Rumley, Senior Staff Attorney, National Agricultural Law Center
Elizabeth Rumley, Senior Staff Attorney, National Agricultural Law Center

A link to access the online CLE will be sent out to all current registrants on May 23th.

Conference Materials:

Bonus CLE Materials:

Additional Materials: