Past Webinars

Examining the Science and Legal Landscape of Dicamba: Where we are and what’s ahead

In this webinar, speakers will provide vital information useful for agricultural attorneys who are assisting clients with potential Dicamba issues for the next planting season, including:

  • An overview of Dicamba issues from a plant scientist’s perspective, Dr. Kevin Bradley, University of Missouri
  • A summary of state and federal regulatory action taken to address Dicamba issues and an overview of the litigation landscape, Paul Goeringer and Kelly Nuckolls Winslow, University of Maryland Extension
  • A plaintiff attorney perspective on civil claims/lawsuits, Bill Randles, Randles & Splittgerber law firm, addressing the Bader Farms case and class action plaintiffs; and
  • A defense attorney perspective on civil claims and lawsuits, Liz Blackwell, Thompson Coburn, representing defendant Monsanto.

Friday, Feb 23, 2018, 1:00 – 2:45 pm CDT


Only AALA Members will be able to watch a video replay of the webinar posted to the Resources tab of AALA website.


Kevin Bradley, Ph.D. serves on the faculty of the University of Missouri where he has extension and research responsibilities in the area of weed management in corn, soybean, wheat, pastures, and forages. Dr. Bradley also teaches a graduate level class in herbicide mechanism of action. In addition to evaluating new herbicides and weed management techniques, Dr. Bradley’s applied extension and research program focuses on the development of programs for the prevention and management of herbicide-resistant weeds, on the interaction of herbicides and weeds with other agrochemicals and pests in the agroecosystem, and on the effects of common pasture weeds on forage yield, quality, and grazing preference. By far, the largest percentage of Dr. Bradley’s research and extension efforts are directed towards the development of strategies for the management of glyphosate- and multiple herbicide-resistant weed biotypes. Specifically, he has conducted numerous surveys to characterize the prevalence of herbicide resistance in weeds like waterhemp, and to determine the effectiveness of future herbicide-tolerant crop technologies for the management of these troublesome species. Dr. Bradley earned his B.S. in Agriculture at Ferrum College and his Ph.D. in Plant Pathology, Physiology, and Weed Science at Virginia Tech.

Paul Goeringer is an AALA Member and Extension Legal Specialist at the University of Maryland where he specializes in legal risk management as it relates to agriculture. Previously Paul worked at the University of Arkansas where his legal research was focused in the areas of environmental compliance, right-to-farm laws, agricultural leasing laws, contracting issues, federal farm program compliance, recreational use and agritourism issues, and estate planning issues in agriculture. At the University of Maryland, Paul has worked with county extension educators to begin to fill the void in the areas of agricultural leasing and legal issues in estate planning. Paul is also looking at modifying his existing research in the areas of environmental compliance, right-to-farm laws, and federal farm program compliance to benefit Maryland’s farmers. Paul is a graduate of Oklahoma State University with a B.S. in Agricultural Economics, the University of Oklahoma with a J.D., and the University of Arkansas with an LL.M. in Agricultural Law and an M.S. in Agricultural Economics.

Kelly Nuckolls Winslow is an AALA member and Extension Legal Specialist with the Department of Agriculture and Resource Economics at the University of Maryland, College Park and the Agriculture Law Education Initiative. Kelly has focused on farm transitions and estate planning, pesticide regulation and drift liability, and tax law. She received her B.A. from Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas, and her J.D. from Drake University Law School in Des Moines, Iowa, where she received a certificate in Food and Agricultural Law. While at Drake, Kelly served as an intern in the Drake Agricultural Law Center and the Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic. Kelly also recently completed her LL.M. in Agricultural and Food Law from the University of Arkansas School of Law.

Bill Randles is a partner in the firm of Randles and Splittgerber in Kansas City, Missouri. He is a distinguished litigator with more than two decades of experience handling high-stakes business litigation including many “bet the company” matters for major corporations and small to mid-size businesses. He excels at winning complex cases, in the pretrial stage, as well as in the courtroom and on appeal. Over the course of his legal career, Bill has litigated on behalf of a wide range of clients from Fortune 500 companies to small businesses and individuals. His practice is primarily devoted to general litigation, including product liability, business and commercial matters, employment and labor issues, torts, and contract disputes. Bill earned his B.A. in speech and psychology from Southwest Baptist University, his Masters of Communication Studies from Baylor University, and his J.D., with honors, from Harvard Law.

Liz Blackwell is a partner in the Thompson Coburn law firm in St. Louis, Missouri representing consumer product manufacturers in high-stakes product liability and false advertising litigation in state and federal courts across the country.  She has defended clients against product design claims, false labeling and advertising claims, targeted marketing claims, content-based speech regulations, and court-ordered compelled speech in many cases, at both the trial court and appellate level. Recently, Liz successfully defended a major food manufacturer in a putative statewide “all natural” food labeling class action brought under the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act. She has also represented tobacco industry clients at trial in several significant cases challenging the industry’s product advertising and labeling practices. Liz has served on national legal strategy teams for major consumer product manufacturers for many years. She is regularly called upon to advise clients and develop briefing on complex federal preemption, First Amendment, punitive damages, and federal jurisdictional issues in complex product liability litigation. She has acted as lead legal issues and appellate counsel at trial in many cases, and for many years served on the national punitive damages defense team for a major consumer product manufacturer. She has significant experience developing expert witnesses, taking and defending depositions, and developing strategies for removing cases to federal court. Liz earned her B.A. at Westminster College, her M.T.S. from Harvard Divinity School, and her J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School.

This webinar is the result of the work of the AALA Distance Education Committee, which is comprised of members of the AALA.

AALA appreciates the support of its cosponsor the Center for Agricultural Law & Taxation at Iowa State University.


The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: Reviewing Key Provisions Impacting Agricultural Producers


In this two-hour webinar, we will discuss key provisions of the new tax law impacting agricultural producers and businesses. In addition to discussing generally applicable sections, we will address the 199A deduction and its potential application to different types of income, including that derived from farm rentals and payments from cooperatives. We will also highlight several ambiguities in the law, noting the need for further regulatory guidance.

Speakers will address these issues and others:

  • What key individual income tax changes impact producers?
  • How does the new 199A deduction impact my client’s business?
  • Does the 199A deduction apply to farm rental income or self-rentals?
  • What is the latest on the 199A qualified cooperative deduction?
  • What are the impacts of the new tax law on estate planning and basis after death?
  • How does the new tax law impact depreciation or like-kind exchanges?

Tuesday, January 30, 2018, 12:00 pm CDT


Kristine Tidgren is Assistant Director, Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation, Iowa State University where she analyzes legal developments impacting practitioners and producers. She writes numerous articles on current ag law and taxation issues, teaches an agricultural law class to undergraduate students, and is a frequent speaker on ag and tax law topics. She graduated Order of the Coif from the University of Texas at Austin School of Law and received an undergraduate degree in journalism from Iowa State University. She grew up on a farm in West Central Iowa. Tidgren is a member of the AALA and co-chairs AALA’s Distance Education Committee.

Theodore Feitshans, Extension Professor Emeritus in Economics-Ag/Environmental Law at North Carolina State University, has developed an Extension education program to provide legal information to a wide variety of audiences on environmental, agricultural, and related issues. Ted is currently conducting research on legal issues involving farm business succession. Ted has been a frequent presenter at American Agricultural Law Association (AALA) annual conferences and is a past President of the AALA. Ted earned his J.D. cum laude from Georgetown University, his M.S. in agricultural and applied economics from the University of Minnesota, and his B.S. with honors in animal science from Cornell University.

Marlis Carson is Senior Vice President and General Counsel for the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, a trade association based in Washington, D.C.  In addition to overseeing NCFC’s legal, financial, and tax compliance issues, Marlis coordinates the activities of NCFC’s Legal, Tax and Accounting Committee on federal issues impacting farmer cooperatives.  She also serves as NCFC’s corporate secretary/treasurer. Prior to joining NCFC, Marlis served as a tax manager in Ernst & Young’s National Tax Department in Washington, D.C.  She grew up in Kansas and is a graduate of Sterling College (Sterling, Kansas) and of The George Washington University Law School.  She is a member of the Virginia State Bar.

Charles L. Telk Jr., CPA is the tax partner at Gardiner Thomsen, Certified Public Accountants – a CPA firm specializing in Agricultural Cooperatives headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa.  Chuck grew up in Southern California and graduated from California State University, Northridge.  Prior to graduating from CSUN, Chuck played football at McPherson College in McPherson Kansas – annually whipping Sterling College (Sterling, Kansas) on the gridiron.



This webinar is the result of the work of the AALA Distance Education Committee, which is comprised of members of the AALA.

AALA appreciates the support of its cosponsor the Center for Agricultural Law & Taxation at Iowa State University.


Employment and Labor in Agriculture:

What’s Happening Now, What Lies Ahead

Immigration reform is again at the forefront. The impact of the changing legal landscape is important for all employers and employees, especially those in labor-intensive industries such as agriculture.  Prudent employers must keep abreast of the changing legal environment and stay one step ahead to avoid time-consuming and expensive litigation and audits.

This webinar will review 2017 legal and policy developments and their impact on ag employers. We’ll also look ahead to see what we might expect in 2018 and beyond.

October 16, 2017, 12:00 pm CDT



Kristi J. Boswell

AALA Member Kristi Boswell serves as Senior Advisor to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue on workforce issues.  Prior to her recent appointment, Boswell served as American Farm Bureau director of congressional relations, where she also focused her work on farm labor.  Boswell spoke at the 2015 AALA Agricultural Law Educational Symposium in Charleston, South Carolina on immigration policy as it affects agriculture, and she is a speaker at the upcoming AALA 2017 symposium in Louisville, Kentucky.

Boswell grew up on a farm in southeastern Nebraska where her family raised corn and soybeans. She holds a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and is a graduate of the University of Nebraska’s College of Law. Boswell has been a member of the AALA since 2015.

Immediately after law school, Boswell practiced corporate defense litigation at Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP and worked as a political aide for a Nebraska State Senator Pam Redfield. One of her first jobs was serving as the Ag Youth Coordinator for the Nebraska Department of Agriculture.

 Mark A. Fahleson

AALA Member Mark A. Fahleson is a partner with the law firm of Rembolt Ludtke LLP in Lincoln, Nebraska.  Fahleson is a 1989 graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Agricultural Honors) and graduated with high distinction in 1992 from the University of Nebraska College of Law, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Nebraska Law Review.  He served as a judicial clerk for the Hon. D. Nick Caporale of the Nebraska Supreme Court and practiced employment and labor law in Omaha before becoming Legislative Director and later Chief of Staff to Rep. Jon Christensen (R-NE) in Washington D.C.  Fahleson has served as adjunct faculty at the University of Nebraska College of Law, teaching employment law, and is the past Chair of the Employment and Labor Law Committees for DRI and the International Association of Defense Counsel.  Fahleson’s current practice centers on employment and labor law, government relations and agricultural law. He will speak on employment law issues at the upcoming 2017 AALA symposium in Louisville, Kentucky.

This webinar is the result of the work of the AALA Distance Education Committee, which is comprised of members of the AALA.