Ag Law Center To Hold Forum On Dealing With Drought

Ag Law Center To Hold Forum On Dealing With Drought

Drake University Law School's Agricultural Law Center to hold a meeting on legal issues facing Iowa agriculture as a result of 2012 drought.

The Agricultural Law Center at Drake University will host a forum titled, "Dealing with the Drought: Legal Issues Facing Iowa Agriculture" on Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 12:30 p.m. The forum will be held on the Drake campus at the Neal and Bea Smith Legal Clinic, 2400 University Ave. in Des Moines. The ag law center is part of the Drake University Law School.

DEALING WITH DROUGHT: A forum for agricultural attorneys and other people who advise farmers who are dealing with problems raised by this year's historic drought will be held September 20 in Des Moines.

"The drought raises many legal issues for the farmers and businesses it has impacted," says Professor Neil Hamilton, director of the Agricultural Law Center at Drake and organizer of the forum.  "We are excited to partner with the Iowa State Bar Association to create a forum where lawyers and other farm advisers can discuss the issues facing Iowa's farmers and identify the questions that will undoubtedly arise."

The forum is co-sponsored by Drake's Agricultural Law Center and the Iowa State Bar Association agricultural law committee. Topics for the forum include crop insurance, financial issues, grain contracts and marketing disputes, and USDA drought programs. The forum will feature a variety of experts and speakers.

Concern about impact this year's drought will have on farmers and ag industry

Erin Herbold, agricultural law committee chair for the Iowa State Bar Association says, "There is a high-level of concern regarding the impact of this year's drought on producers and the ag industry. For attorneys practicing in agricultural law, this meeting presents an opportunity to discuss the issues with our peers and our response on behalf of our clients."

"USDA has long been the agency to hold the safety net for farmers when disasters happen like this year's drought.  We want to make sure all of the holes in the net are filled so no one falls through. This forum is an opportunity to encourage those serving farmers to work together so Iowa farmers are able to remain as economically strong as possible in the face of this historic drought," says John Whitaker, state executive director for USDA's Farm Service Agency in Iowa.

There is no charge to attend this forum but registration is required. Register online at Drake's Agricultural Law Center is celebrating its 30th anniversary with events like the drought forum throughout the year. If you have questions, contact Matt Russell at 515-271-4956 or [email protected].

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