Drought and Crop Insurance: Common Issues Faced By Producers


Federal crop insurance is an integral part of producers’ risk management throughout the agricultural sector.  Recent weather patterns have caused drought conditions to develop and persist throughout the United States.  According to the U.S Drought Monitor, as of 9/20/22, 41% of the acreage in the United States was classified as being under drought conditions.  In the western region, that number is even higher, with 74% of the land in that category.  This webinar will provide an update for producers, lenders, crop insurance agents, attorneys, and other affected stakeholders on the latest and most noteworthy legal developments regarding federal crop insurance, with a specific focus on drought-related issues. The program will specifically address important case law and regulatory developments, as well as issues producers and others should consider.

Time and Date:

          Wednesday, October 19, 2022

12:00 – 1:00 (EDT)

11:00 – 12:00 (CDT)


View a Recording of the Webinar Here


Grant Ballard is a partner with the firm of Ark Ag Law, PLLC, which maintains a nationwide practice focused on the representation of agricultural producers and other rural businesses. Ballard focuses his practice on the representation of farmers and ranchers in areas including Federal Farm Programs, Crop Insurance litigation, contract law, environmental law, and governmental compliance investigations. Ballard has extensive experience in crop insurance and farm program payment litigation where he has represented producers in litigation before private arbitrators, State and Federal Courts, and the USDA National Appeals Division. He has also regularly defended individuals charged with violating federal program requirements and Federal Criminal Laws. Ballard practices across the Nation and is currently admitted to practice before multiple Federal District Courts, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court of the United States. Ballard regularly speaks to agricultural groups across the Country, including at events such as the Beltwide Cotton Conference, and he has written on legal issues facing today’s agricultural producers for various publications including the Drake Journal of Agricultural Law, The Delta Farm Press, The Southwest Farm Press, and The Arkansas Lawyer.  His Practitioners Guide to the Litigation of Federally Reinsured Crop Insurance Claims, previously published in the Drake Journal of Agricultural Law, has received wide recognition.

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