2013 Agricultural Law Seminar

Thursday, September 12, 2013

This seminar is for attorneys, insurance & real estate professionals, tax practitioners, and agribusiness professionals.

Agricultural Law Seminar
Thursday, September 12, 2013
8:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Quality Inn and Suites, 2601 E. 13th Street, Ames, IA 50010

Co-sponsored by: Iowa State University Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation (CALT); The Agricultural Law Section of the Iowa State Bar Association; and Iowa Farm Bureau

Please click here to register (registration is handled through CALT)
Download the agenda and seminar information here.

Registration fee includes: seminar manual, continental breakfast, luncheon and afternoon snack

Register today for the Agricultural Law Seminar on Thursday, September 12! Co-sponsored by Co-sponsored by Iowa State University Center of Agricultural Law and Taxation (CALT), the Agricultural Law Section of the Iowa State Bar Association and the Iowa Farm Bureau. This seminar will address ag law issues of relevance to farmers and their legal counsel. Agenda topics include: State and Federal Ag Law Developments; In Defense of Property and Person; Federal Crop Insurance: What Is It? How Does It Work?; EPA Attempts to Expand Authority over Livestock Farms and Poultry Operations – What You Need to Know To Better Guide Your Clients; Family Law, Foreclosures and Real Property Issues; Ethics – Identifying and Avoiding Conflicts of Interest.

CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION
For information on continuing education credits and updates, visit www.calt.iastate.edu. This course is designed for: Attorneys, Real Estate Professionals (Iowa Real Estate Commission), and Insurance Professionals (Iowa Insurance Division). This event qualifies for: 8.6 credits based on a 50-minute hour or 7.2 credits based on a 60-minute hour. Please note that some CPE organizations do not accept partial credit hours.

SPEAKERS
Roger A. McEowen
David Domina
Timothy Gartin
Christine Gruenhagen
Phillip Nelsen
Jesse Richardson

SEMINAR AGENDA
7:30-8:00 a.m. - Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00-9:50 a.m. - State and Federal Ag Law Developments (McEowen) This session will provide up-to-the-minute coverage of recent federal and state developments in agricultural law of relevance to practitioners representing clients involved in agriculture. Numerous issues are recurring, some are unique, but all are important to the proper representation of farm clients, rural landowners and agribusinesses.
9:50-10:10 a.m. - Morning Break
10:10-11:05 a.m. - In Defense of Property and Person (Nelsen) Defending one’s family and property can be a more difficult legal conundrum than most realize. When questions of defending livestock from feral animals, property from theft or vandalism, or expelling a trespasser from one’s property are raised, the answers become even more complicated. This session will go beyond the basics of self/property defense law and delve into topics that specifically affect those in the agriculture industry. Covered will be a synopsis of Iowa self-defense laws, the relevant history and context of defense of property laws and their common law application, and implications for the future.
11:05 a.m.-NoonFederal Crop Insurance: What Is It? How Does It Work? (Domina) This session explores the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation, the USDA Risk Management Agency, and crop insurance coverage. Addressed will be insuring provisions, coverage limitations, producer obligations, the claims process, and the evidence necessary to establish a claim. “Good farming practices” as required by the crop insurance program will be described. Procedures, limitations, the role for lawyers in the crop insurance claims process and the procedures involved in practicing in the crop insurance claims area will be discussed.
12:00-1:00 p.m. - Luncheon (provided)
1:00-2:45 p.m. - EPA Attempts to Expand Authority over Livestock Farms and Poultry Operations – What You Need to Know To Better Guide Your Clients (Richardson and Gruenhagen) In the wake of losing the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals case, NPPC v. EPA, 635 F.3d 738 (5th Cir. 2011), EPA has employed varying strategies to expand its authority over the nation’s livestock farms. The session will discuss the issues surrounding Alt v. EPA, where a poultry farm is challenging EPA’s compliance order requiring an NPDES permit for rainwater washing over a barnyard. The speakers will also provide an update of other actions EPA has taken to gain greater control over state livestock regulatory programs such as the recent revised settlement in the Chesapeake Bay TMDL litigation, EPA’s enforcement actions in CWA delegated states, and EPA’s
recent review of Iowa’s CAFO program. Hear how these new developments will affect livestock clients, rural lenders and learn about the guidance attorneys can provide to clients concerning regulatory compliance.
2:45-3:00 p.m. - Afternoon Break
3:00-3:45 p.m. - Family Law, Foreclosures and Real Property Issues (Gartin) This session addresses the issues that practitioners face when conveying real estate in the context of a divorce. Suggested language for a dissolution decree will be provided and analyzed, along with the real estate implications of divorce judgments. Also covered will be the impact of child support and alimony judgments, and the real estate implications of mortgage foreclosure.
3:45-4:45 p.m. - Ethics – Identifying and Avoiding Conflicts of Interest (Gartin) This session focuses on the ethical issues that are common occurrences for small town practices. The discussion will focus on the Iowa Rules of Professional Conduct and how those rules impact the manner in which lawyers approach conflict of interest
matters.


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