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AgHeritage CEO Cole to discuss headwinds facing agriculture during Mid-South Ag and Environmental Law Conference

May 2, 2022

By Brooke Bradford
U of A System Division of Agriculture

 Fast facts:

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  • Early bird registration deadline May 22
  • Early bird registration includes two bonus hours of online CE

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Agriculture is often at the mercy of the weather, but the industry is facing storms of another type.

Many parts of the global economy are struggling to regain their footing following two pandemic years, plus fallout from the Russia-Ukraine conflict. In an industry driven by lending, Greg Cole has seen firsthand the effects on agriculture.

Greg Cole portrait
FACING HEADWINDS  -- AgHeritage Fgarm Credit's Greg Cole will be discussig the challenges facing farming today. (Image courtesey AgHeritage)

“Agriculture is currently dealing with several headwinds such as inflation, increasing interest rates, supply chain disruptions and labor issues,” said Cole, president and chief executive officer of AgHeritage Farm Credit Services.

Cole will give his perspectives June 10 in his session, “Mid-South Ag Lending and Market Outlook: Recent Trends and Outlook,” at the Mid-South Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference.

The ninth annual conference will be hosted by the National Agricultural Law Center on June 10 in-person in Memphis, Tennessee, at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. Portions of the event will also be broadcast online via livestream.

“The National Agricultural Law Center is pleased to welcome Greg back to the Mid-South conference,” said Harrison Pittman, director of the National Agricultural Law Center. “Greg always has valuable insight to share with attendees about where we’ve been, where we are, and where we’re likely headed in terms of the lending and market outlook in the southeast United States.”

The conference is scheduled on June 10 with Cole speaking at 8:30 a.m. central, following the keynote address delivered by the Stephen Vaden, member of the International Trade Court and former general counsel for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Other topics covered include foreign ownership of agricultural lands, ag estate planning and taxation, and the future of dicamba and other crop protection products.  Those interested can register and learn more about the conference and continuing education opportunities on the National Agricultural Law Center website at

 Continuing education available

The conference has been approved for six hours of CLE in Arkansas, Mississippi, and Tennessee including one hour of ethics. It has been approved for 7.2 total hours of CLE in Missouri, including 1.2 hours of ethics. The American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers has approved this conference for seven hours of CE.

Additionally, attendees who register by May 22 early bird deadline are also eligible for two “bonus” hours of online continuing education credit from the above organizations

Learn more and register for the conference here:

For more information on 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 Center 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 Center 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 479-575-4607 as soon as possible. Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay. 

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