Fourth Annual Mid-South Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference

June 8-9, 2017

Location: Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, Memphis, TN
Hosted by the Agricultural & Food Law Consortium



6:30-8:30 pm Welcome Dinner at The Rendezvous Restaurant, 52 S. Second Street, Memphis, TN
Join us for our “BBQ & Beer” dinner reception at one of downtown Memphis’ most famous restaurants (cost included in registration)


7:30 am Registration
8:00 am Welcome & Announcements
8:15-9:15 am Farm & Ranch Estate Planning:  Daddy’s Gone, How Do We Move On?
Christy Bartee, Batson Nolan (Clarksville, TN)
9:15-10:00 am Ag Lending in a Down Economy: Ag Liens, Secured Transactions and Best
Jeff Peterson, Gray Plant Mooty (St. Cloud, MN)
Greg Cole, President and CEO of AgHeritage Farm Credit Services
10:00-10:15 am Break
10:15-11:00 am Ag Lending in a Down Economy (con’t)
11:00 am-12:00 pm USDA Conservation Program Compliance: Pitfalls and Pointers
Grant Ballard, Ark Ag Law, PLLC (Little Rock, AR)
12:00-1:00 pm Lunch (provided)
1:00-2:00 pm Considerations for Legal Ethics: Common Issues
Robert Serio, Ark Ag Law, PLLC (Little Rock, AR)
2:00-2:15 pm Break
2:15-3:15 pm Compensatory Mitigation and the Future of Ag Land Use
Kerry L. McGrath, Hunton & Williams LLP (Washington, DC)
3:15-4:00 pm Agricultural & Environmental Law Update for the MidSouth
Harrison Pittman, Director, National Agricultural Law Center, moderatorPanelists:

  • Rusty Rumley, Senior Staff Attorney, National Agricultural Law Center, University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture
  • Alexandra Chase, Law Fellow, National Sea Grant Law Center, University of Mississippi School of Law
  • Peggy Kirk Hall, Director, Agricultural & Resource Law Program, The Ohio State University
  • Ross Pifer, Director, Center for Agricultural & Shale Law, Penn State Law
4:00 pm Adjourn


$175 for attorneys seeking CLE
$125 for “others” or attorneys NOT seeking CLE credit
$25 for students

Open Enrollment

Registration is open to all interested parties including attorneys, judges, legal assistants, and law office staff. Walk–ins will be accepted on a space–available basis. If you plan to attend and do not pre-register, please call the UM-CLE office at (662) 915-1354 or 915-6738 to determine space availability. Written materials will be provided upon request.
Pre–registration is encouraged.


Register online, by mail or by fax. Click here to register online or Download the the registration form here (PDF). To ensure enrollment for a seminar, please complete the registration process and submit your payment online or to the address listed on the form. To register by fax, please complete the form and include your VISA or MasterCard number and expiration date. The fax number is (662) 915-5267. You may also scan the form and email it to Registrants will receive additional information with their confirmation notice from UM-CLE.

CLE Credit

This course offered by UM-CLE has been approved by the Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee Commissions on Continuing Legal Education for 6 CLE credits including 1 hour of Ethics/Professionalism.

Registrants seeking mandatory CLE credit from another state should contact UM-CLE in advance of the seminar.


Refunds will be given as follows:

  • Two business days prior to the seminar, registration fee less a $25 administrative charge.
  • One business day prior to the seminar, materials and registration fee less $75 OR transfer the registration fee to someone else in your firm or to an upcoming CLE seminar.
  • No call, no show will receive materials only, no refunds. In the unlikely event a seminar is canceled, registrants will be notified and issued full refunds.

In the unlikely event a seminar is canceled, registrants will be notified and issued full refunds.

Accommodation of Special Needs

If you require special assistance relating to a disability, please contact Renee Moore-Cain at (662) 915-6738 prior to the seminar.