October has come to a close and we’ve had yet another successful month at the Center. Between webinars, publications and outreach, our team of researchers has been hard at work connecting our stakeholders with trusted research and information. Below is a compilation of this month’s finished products.

Financing the Farm: This month we published a law bulletin series covering legal documents related to farm finance. This series provides new and beginning farmers with an overview of the most commonly used documents in agricultural finance. Each law bulletin covers a different type of financial agreement, and explains basic terminology, fundamental legal requirements, and how the arrangement is used in farming operations. This series can be found here.

Ag Bankruptcy Spotlight: Chapter 12 Considerations and Basics: Our webinar this month discussed Chapter 12 Bankruptcy with Renee Williams, the Chapter 12 Standing Trustee for the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas. In this webinar Renee provided an introduction to Chapter 12, including eligibility requirements, advantages and uses of a plan to make changes in the farming operation. A recording of this webinar can be viewed here.

Blog posts:


  • Senior Staff Attorney Rusty Rumley traveled to Warsaw, MO this month to participate in the University of Missouri Extension’s Basics of Agritourism workshop.
  • Center Director Harrison Pittman participated in Arkansas Rice’s Downtown on the Farm festival in Little Rock, AR.
  • Senior Staff Attorney Elizabeth Rumley gave a presentation on cell-cultured meat to members of the Council of Agricultural and Science Technology, and served on a panel discussion in Fayetteville, AR.
  • Rusty was involved in a three hour workshop in Conway, AR where he presented on estate planning for farmers.
  • Rusty also traveled to the Vermont Law School where he gave a presentation over the current legal landscape of industrial hemp production.