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Wetlands litigation, nutrient management, ag bankruptcies part of April 22 ag, environmental law conference

By Mary Hightower
U of A System Division of Agriculture
April 8, 2016

Fast Facts:

  • Third annual Mid-South Ag, Environmental Law Conference set for April 22
  • Ark Ag Secretary Wes Ward keynote speaker on ag trade to Cuba
  • Approved for CLE in Arkansas, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee
  • For info at

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Handling agricultural bankruptcies, federal wetland regulations and a keynote about ag trade with Cuba are all part of the third annual Mid-South Ag and Environmental Law Conference on April 22 in Memphis, Tennessee. 

Registration opens at 7:30 a.m. and the conference opens with an 8:15 a.m. panel discussion on trends and developments in agricultural and environmental law. To register, visit The conference is approved for six hours of continuing education in Arkansas, Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee. Registration for attendees seeking continuing education credits is $175. The cost is $125 for professionals not seeking CLEs or CE. Students may register for $25.

The conference will be held at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law and is hosted by the Agricultural and Food Law Consortium, a national, multi-institution collaboration that is led by the National Agricultural Law Center at the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. A reception on Friday, April 21, is set for the Rendezvous.

The event is sponsored by the University of Mississippi Center for Continuing Legal Education, Mississippi Bar Section on Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law, Banks Law Firm and Delta Farm Press.

“This a great education and networking opportunity for attorneys, students and other agricultural professionals,” said Harrison Pittman, director of the National Agricultural Law Center.

This year’s program includes:

Agricultural and Environmental Law Update: Recent Trends and Developments panel discussion with:

  • Stephanie Showalter Otts, director, National Sea Grant Law Center
  • Alexandra Chase, law fellow, National Sea Grant Law Center
  • Peggy Kirk Hall, director, Agricultural and Resource Law Program, The Ohio State University
  • Ross Pifer, Director, clinical professor of law and director, Agricultural Law Resource and Reference Center, Penn State Law
  • Rusty Rumley, senior staff attorney, National Agricultural Law Center, University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture 

The agenda also includes:

  • “Lenders, Lawyers and their Farmers: Managing Risk in a Faltering Ag Economy”; Greg Cole, president and CEO of AgHeritage Farm Credit Services and Bill Bridgforth, partner; Ramsay, Bridgforth, Robinson, and Raley, LP, Pine Bluff, Arkansas.
  • “When the clock is ticking: Handling an Ag Bankruptcy,” with James W. Berry, of Berry Law Firm, Rayville, Louisiana.
  • “When the Corps and EPA Come a-Knockin’ on the Farm: Navigating Wetlands Issues,” with Sharon Marie Mattox, Mattox Law Firm, Houston.
  • “Legal Issues and Liability in Agricultural Nutrient Management,” Peggy Kirk Hall, director, Agricultural and Resource Law Program, The Ohio State University.

For more information about ag or food law, visit the National Agricultural Law Center online at

For more information about the Agricultural & Food Law Consortium:


The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institution. If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate or need materials in another format, please contact your County Extension office (or other appropriate office) as soon as possible. Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay.

The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service offers its programs to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Media Contact: Mary Hightower
Dir. of Communication Services
U of A Division of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension Service
(501) 671-2126

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