Eighth Annual Mid-South Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference

Hosted by the National Agricultural Law Center

June 10-11, 2021

Provided in online distance-learning format


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.

Typically, this conference takes place on-site in Memphis, TN.  However, the uncertainties surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic have led us to host the conference entirely online this year.  The online conference will feature 6 hours of continuing education, including an hour of ethics.  Further, for participants who register by May 24th, 2 “bonus hours” of online continuing education will also be included.  More information on continuing education credit is available below.


Conference Time, Date, and Location:

June 10 & 11, 2021

12:00 p.m. to 3:10 p.m. each day

Available in a online distance learning format

Conference Agenda:

Thursday, June 10

12pm  1pm: Moving Through COVID and Trade Wars: Mid-South Ag Lending & Financial Outlook

Greg Cole, President and CEO of AgHeritage Farm Credit Services

1:00pm 2:00pm: USDA Farm Program Eligibility & Appeals: Pitfalls and Pointers

Mark Daniel Maloney, Blackburn, Maloney and Schuppert, LLC; Immediate Former Rotary International President

2:10pm – 3:10pm: Looking Back: Reflections from USDA General Counsel

Judge Stephen Vaden, United States Court of International Trade, and former USDA General Counsel (2016-2020)

Friday, June 11

12pm  1pm:  Carbon Credit Markets and Agriculture:  Looking Ahead and What You Need to Know

Max Williamson, Williamson Law + Policy, PLLC

1:00pm 2:00pm: Legal Ethics in Agricultural Law 

Paul W. Keith, Gibson & Keith, Arkansas Bar Association President (2020-2021)

2:10pm – 3:10pm: Ag Tax & Estate Planning Update

Kristine Tidgren, Director, Center for Agricultural Law & Taxation, Iowa State University


Attendees seeking continuing education credit (CLE/CE): $125

Other attendees: $75

Continuing Education:

For the June 10 & 11th conference:

      • Legal- This program has been approved for 5 hours of general CLE in Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee plus one hour of ethics for a total of 6 hours of credit.  It is approved for 6 hours of general CLE credit in Missouri plus 1.2 hours of ethics for a total of 7.2 hours of credit. Further, the conference has been approved in Kansas for 8.5 hours of general CLE and one hour of ethics for a total of 9.5 hours.
      • American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers: It is approved for 6 hours of CE credit.

For the “bonus” online CLE on May 26th:

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

If you are interested in continuing education credit in other states or for other professions, email Rusty Rumley for assistance.

Online “Bonus” CLE

Those who register by 4pm CDT on May 24th 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 26th.  The presentations are:

Ag & Environmental Law Update for the Mid-South (11am-1pm CDT)

Recent Legislative, Litigation, and Regulatory Updates

Harrison Pittman, Director, National Agricultural Law Center

Dicamba, Pesticide Litigation, Endangered Species Act, and other updates

Brigit Rollins, Staff Attorney, Ag & Environmental Law, National Agricultural Law Center

Noteworthy Article 9 developments, agricultural lien, bankruptcy, and other updates

Micah Brown, Staff Attorney, Ag Finance & Credit, National Agricultural Law Center

A link to access the online CLE will be sent out to all current registrants on May 25th.

Speaker Biographies

Conference Materials: 

Bonus CLE Materials:

Resources for Thursday (6/10) Mid-South:

Resources for Friday (6/11) Mid-South: