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Download the brochure: 2014 September Seminar - Brochure.pdfAGENDA ITEMS INCLUDE
State and Federal Caselaw and Regulatory Law Update, Topics of Interest
to Rural Lawyers, Navigable Water:A Limit on Regulation or a License
to Regulate?, Agricultural Act of 2014,Underutilized Tools of a Real
Estate Lawyer, and Ethical Considerations in the Use of Social Media
Roger McEowen, Kristine Tidgren, Nick Critelli, Patrick Dillon, Timothy Gartin, Christine Gruenhagen, and Don Parrish
7:30-8:00 a.m. - Check-In and Continental Breakfast
8:00-9:00 a.m. - State and Federal Caselaw and Regulatory Law Update (McEowen and Tidgren) -
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 agricultural production and ag-related
businesses. Numerous issues are recurring, some are unique, but all
are important to the proper representation of farm clients, rural
landowners and agribusinesses.
9:00-9:55 a.m. - Potpourri of Items of Interest to Rural Lawyers (Dillon) -
This session covers topics of common interest to lawyers that represent
rural clients and agribusinesses including drones and UAVs; property
border agreements; well sharing issues; Dodd Frank rules that restrict
contract sales; fencing agreements; equipment leasing concerns; tenant
tile installations; tile easements; and suggested updates to the
standard farm lease along with sample forms.
9:55-10:15 a.m. - Morning Break
10:15 a.m.-Noon - Navigable Water: A Limit on Regulation or a License to Regulate? (Parrish and Gruenhagen) -
The federal Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corp of Engineers
proposed a rule earlier this year to redefine the term "navigable water”
under the Clean Water Act. The rule, if adopted, will have far
reaching consequences. It will likely affect how the DNR issues NPDES
permits for point sources like towns, businesses, pesticide applications
and other defined, discrete conveyances used in agriculture. It could
also reach into Iowa’s landscapes to call areas that hold or convey
water a "water of the U.S.”. All aspects of the Clean Water Act will be
affected by the change including dredge and fill permits, NDPES
permits, water quality standards, and spill prevention plans for oil and
fuel storage. Learn about the potential impacts of this proposed rule
and its current status in the rulemaking process.
12:00-1:00 p.m. - Luncheon (provided)
1:00-2:00 p.m. - The Agricultural Act of 2014 (The 2014 Farm Bill) (McEowen and Tidgren) -
This session guides attendees through the primary provisions of the
2014 Farm Bill and provides suggested planning opportunities. Addressed
will be the computation of adjusted gross income for individuals and
various types of entities, crop insurance, payment limitations, the
active engagement test, and how the new law impacts existing commodity
programs with a summary of choices that producers must make. Also
discussed will be the election that farmers must make in 2014 for either
PLC or ARC and the factors that influence the decision. The session
also addresses the new dairy program, conservation programs and
provisions for livestock operators.
2:00-2:45 p.m. - Underutilized Tools of a Real Estate Lawyer (Gartin) -
This session will cover issues involving unmarketable title; affidavit
of possession; affidavit explanatory of title; notice of homestead and
demand to levy. Remedial measures will also be addressed as will
restrictive covenants and issues associated with improperly released
2:45-3:00 p.m. - Afternoon Break
3:00-3:45 p.m. - Underutilized Tools of a Real Estate Lawyer (Gartin) - Mr. Gartin’s session continues.
3:45-4:45 p.m. - Ethical Considerations in the Use of Social Media (Critelli ) -
As technology marches on, a lawyer’s need to comply with ethical rules
remains constant. This session addresses the application of the Iowa
Rules of Professional Conduct, 1A Sup. Ct. Rule32, to technology as it
exists today, including the risks of unauthorized practice of law,
conflict of interest, breach of confidentiality, and more.
- Agricultural Law Seminar only (early discount if received on/by September 4):
- Non-Lawyer: $175
- ISBA Member: $225
- Non-ISBA (lawyer): $255
- Online (watch from your computer): $270*
- Attend both both days of the September Seminars (Farm Estate and Business Planning Seminar on Friday, Sept. 12)
- Non-Lawyer: $325
- ISBA Member: $400
- Non-ISBA (lawyer): $435
- Online (watch from your computer): $450*
- Materials will be available to purchase if unable to attend.
*Please note, attending the seminar online via a live webinar is
only available to the first 99 registrants (sign-in information will be
supplied via email).
Registration fee includes: seminar manual, continental breakfast, luncheon and afternoon snack
Contact Tiffany Kayser at 515-294-5217 or firstname.lastname@example.org
CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY
A full refund will
be given if registration is cancelled 48 hours prior to the start of
the event; if within 48 hours, no refund will be given.
course is designed for: Attorneys and Real Estate Professionals (Iowa
Real Estate Commission). This event qualifies for: 8.6 credits based on
a 50-minute hour or 7.25 credits based on a 60-minute hour. This
seminar provides a total of 430 minutes of instruction. Please note
some CPE organizations do not accept partial credit hours.
Roger A. McEowen
is the Leonard Dolezal Professor in Agricultural Law and Director of
the Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation at Iowa State University. A
graduate of Drake University of Law, he is a member of the Iowa and
Kansas Bar Associations and is admitted to practice in Nebraska. He is
widely published in law reviews and other agricultural law publications;
is the author of a 1,200-page textbook on agricultural law; and is the
lead author of one BNA Tax Management Portfolio and the co-author of two
Kristine A. Tidgren is the staff attorney for the
Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation. Before joining CALT, she
worked as a practicing attorney and as an attorney editor for
LexisNexis. Kristine is licensed to practice law in Iowa and Missouri.
She graduated Order of the Coif from the University of Texas at Austin
School of Law.
Nick Critelli has practiced law in Des Moines,
Iowa, since 1967. He is board certified as a specialist in civil trial
advocacy and appears for clients in both the Iowa courts and Federal
Courts. Nick is a past President of The Iowa State Bar Association,
Blackstone Inn of Court and the Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers. Nick is
currently serving as the Chairman of the Ethics and Practice Committee
of the Iowa State Bar Association.
Patrick B. Dillon is a lawyer practicing in
Sumner, Iowa. He has a general practice and represents numerous farmers
and other agricultural clients. He writes "A Look at Agricultural Law”
for his blog and for the Sumner Gazette, and has authored the "Field
Guide Manual: Iowa Farmer’s Guide to Legal Issues.” He is a graduate
of the Drake University Law School.
Timothy Gartin is a partner in the Ames firm of
Hastings, Gartin & Boettger, LLP. He has a general practice that
includes, but is not limited to, real estate. He received his J.D. from
Northern Illinois University Law School. Tim is a member of the Story
County and Iowa State Bar Associations and served two years as Chair of
the Real Estate and Title Law Section Council of the Iowa State Bar
Association. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Mortgage
Christine Gruenhagen is government relations
counsel for the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation. In this position, she
assists members with general legal information, regulatory affairs and
the state legislative program and is general legal counsel for the
government relations division. Chris joined Farm Bureau in 1990. She
graduated from the Drake University Law School.
Don Parrish is the Senior Director, Regulatory
Relations, for the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Public Policy team
in Washington, D.C. His primary area of responsibility at the American
Farm Bureau is the Clean Water Act, which encompasses a wide range of
issues affecting farmers and ranchers. Before joining the AFBF staff,
Don was an economist at Auburn University. Don received a Bachelor of
Science in Agronomy from Auburn University and a Master of Science
Degree in Agricultural Economics from Auburn University.