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Water rights, foreign land ownership, pesticides among topics for May 4-5 Western Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference

The complete conference agenda, as well as more information and conference registration, is available online.

By Drew Viguet
National Agricultural Law Center
U of A System Division of Agriculture
Dec. 9, 2022

Fast facts

  • Western Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference set for May 4-5 in Reno, Nevada.
  • In-person, with livestream option also available.
  • Early bird registration deadline April 18.
  • Early bird registration comes with three bonus hours of online CLEs.
  • Registration is online.

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Water rights. Foreign land ownership. Pesticides. The Farm Bill. Each of these issues and more will be on the agenda for the National Agricultural Law Center’s inaugural Western Agricultural & Environmental Law Conference set for May 4-5 in Reno, Nevada. 

“This is a first-of-its-kind program to focus on the unique body of legal and policy issues important to the agricultural industry in the western United States. We are excited to present an agenda full of the most pressing issues affecting our western states, discussed by attorneys who are authorities on these topics,” said Harrison Pittman, director of the National Agricultural Law Center. “It will be a great learning and networking opportunity.” 

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The first western law conference offered by the National Agricultural Law Center is being held in May.

The conference, which will be held at the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino, will also be livestreamed. A complete conference agenda, as well as conference registration, is available online.  

Conference registrants also receive a free one-month subscription to Agri-Pulse, who is working with the NALC to promote the conference. The trial subscription includes full access to the Agri-Pulse website, Agri-Pulse West, Agri-Pulse Daybreak, Agri-Pulse Daily Harvest, and the Agri-Pulse weekly newsletter. More information can be found online.

Net proceeds from the Western conference will be devoted to supporting student-focused scholarship germane to the agricultural sector in the western U.S. The NALC is seeking conference sponsors as well, and those interested can contact Pittman directly at

Topics and speakers for the inaugural Western Agricultural & Environmental Law Conference include:

  • Update from the Potomac: 2023 Farm Bill & Related Federal Issues
    • Dennis Nuxoll, vice president, federal government affairs, Western Growers
    • Randy Russell, president, The Russell Group
    • Katie Naessens, vice president, Torrey Advisory Group
    • Sara Wyant, Agri-Pulse Communications, Inc., moderator
  • I’m Walking on Sunshine: Key Contract Terms and Other Pitfalls & Pointers in Solar Leasing
    • Elaine R. Albrich, partner, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
  • Let’s Be Blunt: Legal Ethics in the Cannabis Industry
    • Nathanael R. Rulis, partner, Kemp Jones, LLP
  • Cooperative Conservation Under the Endangered Species Act: What Lenders, Landowners, & Lawyers Need to Know
    • Karen Budd-Falen, senior partner, Budd-Falen Law Offices L.L.C.
  • Veggie Wars: Legal Update on the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act & Related Produce Laws
    • Dale Stern, partner, Downey Brand
  • Running on Empty & Into the Sun: Legal & Political Update on the Colorado River Basin
    • James Eklund, member, Sherman & Howard
  • Navigating Foreign Ownership Laws in the Wild, Wild West: Latest Trends and Developments
    • Marisa Bocci, partner, K&L Gates
  • Acquisition, Disposition, Financing, Leasing, and Development of Agricultural Properties: Top Ten’ish Things You Need to Know
    • Devin McComb, partner, Perkins Coie LLP
  • Moving Targets in Muddied Waters: Advising Farmers, Landowners, and Lenders Regarding Waters of the United States
    • Robert Soran, partner, Downey Brand
  • Dividing the Waters: Focus on States’ Approaches to Groundwater and Recent Developments
    • Rebecca Smith, partner, Downey Brand
  • The Intersection of Estate Planning & Water Law
    • Therese Ure Stix, managing attorney & shareholder, Schroeder Law Offices, P.C.

Continuing education available

The in-person conference will feature 11 hours of CLEs, including one hour of legal ethics. Participants who register on or before the “early bird” deadline of April 18 will be eligible for three bonus hours of online continuing education. More information on CLEs can be found on the conference page on the NALC website.

For information about the National Agricultural Law Center, visit or follow @Nataglaw on Twitter.

About the National Agricultural Law Center
The National Agricultural Law Center serves as the nation’s leading source of agricultural and food law research and information. The NALC works with producers, state and federal policymakers, Congressional staffers, attorneys, land grant universities, and many others to provide objective, nonpartisan agricultural and food law research and information to the nation’s agricultural community.

The NALC is a unit of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and works in close partnership with the USDA Agricultural Research Service, National Agricultural Library.

About the Division of Agriculture
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work within the nation’s historic land grant education system.

The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas System. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses.

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture 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 as soon as possible. Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay. 

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Media contact: Drew Viguet