Third Annual Mid-South Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference

Hosted by the Agricultural & Food Law Consortium

April 21-22, 2016

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 agriculture and aquaculture 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 aquaculture issues for the Mid-South agricultural community.

Led by the National Agricultural Law Center, the Agricultural & Food Law Consortium is a national, multi-institutional collaboration designed to enhance and expand the development and delivery of authoritative, timely, and objective agricultural and food law research and information.  In that capacity, Consortium members have organized and are hosting this conference.


Conference Agenda:

Thursday, April 21

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, April 22

7:30 a.m.:  Registration

        8:00:  Welcome & Announcements

        8:15 – 9:15:  Agricultural & Environmental Law Update:  Recent Trends and Developments

Rusty Rumley, Senior Staff Attorney, National Agricultural Law Center, University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture

Stephanie Otts, Director, National Sea Grant Law Center, University of Mississippi School of Law

Alexandra Chase, Law Fellow, National Sea Grant Law Center, University of Mississippi School of Law

Peggy Kirk Hall, Director, Agricultural & Resource Law Program, The Ohio State University

Ross Pifer, Director, Center for Agricultural & Shale Law, Penn State Law

Moderator: Harrison Pittman, Director, National Agricultural Law Center

         9:15 – 10:00:  Lenders, Lawyers, and their Farmers: Managing Risk in a Faltering Ag Economy

Greg Cole, President and CEO of AgHeritage Farm Credit Services

Bill Bridgforth, Partner, Ramsay, Bridgforth, Robinson, and Raley LLP (Pine Bluff, Arkansas)

10:00 – 10:15:  Break

10:15 – 11:00: Lenders, Lawyers, and their Farmers (con’t)

11:00 – 12:00:  When the Clock is Ticking:  Handling an Ag Bankruptcy

       James W. Berry, Berry Law Firm (Rayville, Louisiana)

12:00 – 1:15:  Lunch (provided)

       Keynote Address: Agricultural Trade with Cuba

      Presenter: Wes Ward, Arkansas Secretary of Agriculture

1:15 – 2:15:  When the Corps & EPA Comes A-Knockin’ on the Farm:  Navigating Wetlands Issues

Sharon Marie Mattox, Mattox Law Firm (Houston, Texas)

2:15 – 2:30:  Break

2:30 – 3:30:  Considerations for Legal Ethics: Common Issues

       Honorable Judge Brandon Harrison, Arkansas Court of Appeals, District 4, Position 1

3:30 – 4:00:  Legal Issues & Liability in Agricultural Nutrient Management

Peggy Kirk Hall, Director, Agricultural & Resource Law Program, The Ohio State University

Conference Time, Date, and Location:

Friday, April 22, 2016

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law

1 North Front Street

Memphis, TN 38103



To register for this conference, click here.

The above link will redirect you to the registration page at the University of Mississippi Division of Outreach and Continuing Education.





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

Other attendees, not seeking professional credit: $125

Students: $25


Continuing Education:

The program has been approved for six hours of CLE credit in Arkansas, Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee, including one hour of ethics.

Conference Materials:

Available Here