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NALC Attorneys, AcreTrader to Present May 14 Mid-South Early Bird session

The program features an ag law update and information on ag land transactions. 

By Drew Viguet
National Agricultural Law Center
U of A System Division of Agriculture

May 7, 2024

Fast facts:

  • National Ag Law Center’s Mid-South Conference features online Early Bird program on May 14
  • Early Bird registration deadline is May 13
  • Session topics include ag land transactions and a mid-year ag law update
  • Conference registration is online

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The early bird gets the free continuing legal education during a pre-event session linked to the National Agricultural Law Center’s 11th Annual Mid-South Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference.

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National Ag Law Center's Pittman: online Early Bird session provides an opportunity for NALC to "present important information, answer attendee questions and connect with other ag professionals" before the main conference program. (U of A System Division of Agriculture file photo)

The conference is in June, but early birds who register by May 13 can take advantage of the Mid-South Early Bird online program on May 14 from 10 a.m. to noon CDT. The early birds may obtain free-of-charge bonus continuing legal education and continuing education hours, better known as CLE and CE, approved in five states. Registration is available online.

The Early Bird program will feature updates on recent court decisions, regulatory developments and practical information on agricultural land transactions.

The program begins with an ag law update by NALC Senior Staff Attorney Elizabeth Rumley and Staff Attorney Brigit Rollins.

Rumley’s research focus is on legal issues in animal agriculture, such as Proposition 12, a California ballot initiative governing space allowed to farm animals. Rollins focuses on environmental law as it intersects with agriculture, including topics like the Clean Water Act and pesticide regulation.

“The past year has seen significant developments in the ag and food law space,” Rumley said. “The consequences to the Supreme Court’s 2023 decisions in Prop 12 and WOTUS, judicial changes to pesticide regulation, and looking ahead to how this all fits in with a prospective farm bill are legal and policy issues on everyone’s minds.”

Rumley said the NALC often gets questions regarding topics that will be covered in the session.

“These decisions, as well as the subsequent effects, impact the agricultural industry in the Mid-South and well beyond,” she said. “Brigit and I will cover them from both a regional and national context, bringing insight into some of agriculture’s most timely topics.”

Rumley’s and Rollins’ session will then be followed by AcreTrader’s Elise Alexander, vice president and general counsel, and Ben Maddox, vice president of business development, along with NALC Director Harrison Pittman. The panel will present on practical issues involving land title, Mid-South trends, foreign ownership laws and litigation in southern states, and other ag land transactions issues.

“Elise and I are excited to present as a part of the NALC’s Mid-South Early Bird session,” Maddox said. “At AcreTrader, we deal with agricultural land transactions daily, and understand it’s a huge topic that generates considerable interest. We’re looking forward to covering important details with Harrison.”

Pittman said that foreign ownership of ag land is a very active topic with lots of moving pieces.

“Activity regarding foreign ownership of ag land continues at both state and federal levels,” he said. “So far in 2024, states have signed foreign ownership measures into law, with quite of bit of legislative and litigation activity in the Mid-South. Looking forward to teaming up with Elise and Ben for this really unique session.”

CE/CLE approved in five states

The May 14 Early Bird online program has been approved for two hours of CLE in Arkansas, Mississippi, and Tennessee. It has been approved for 2.2 hours of CLE credit in Kansas. It has been approved for two hours of CLE credit in Missouri.

The American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers has approved the program for two hours of CE.

In-person conference June 6-7

The main Mid-South Conference will take place on June  6-7 in Memphis, Tennessee. An annual “Beer & BBQ” networking dinner will take place at The Rendezvous on the evening of Thursday, June 6. The main conference program, which also features a livestream option, is on Friday, June 7 at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law.

“We’re happy to provide these ag law updates during the Early Bird session,” Pittman said. “It allows us to present important information, answer attendee questions and connect with other ag professionals ahead of our main program in June.”

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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. The Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work within the nation’s historic land grant education system through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative Extension Service.

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      
Communications & Special Projects Coordinator
National Agricultural Law Center