2019 AALA Symposium Agenda, Session Descriptions and Hand Outs

AALA will host its 40th Annual Agricultural Law Educational Symposium on November 6-9, 2019 in Washington D.C.

Please see below for each session materials. 

Materials for Thursday, November 7, 2019

10:00 am-11:00 am     Welcome with USDA Update

Speaker: Stephen Censky; United States Deputy Secretary of Agriculture

11:00 am -12:00 pm     Session #1 Office of General Counsel Panel


1:00 pm – 2:00 pm     Session #2 Hot Topics under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA)

Speaker: Alexandra Dapoloito; Environmental Protection Agency Assistant Administrator

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm      Session #3  USDA Panel/Update


3:15 pm – 4:15 pm     Session #4  USDA Panel/Update


4:15 pm – 5:15 pm     Session # 5 USDA Panel/Update


Materials for Friday, November 8, 2019

7: 00 am – 8:00 am     Session #6  Ag Law Updates

Speakers: Ag Law Finance- Jeffery Peterson; Partner, Gray Plant Mooty
Food Law- Susan Schneider; Director, LLM Program in Agricultural and Food Law, University of Arkansas School of Law
Land Use and Resource Law – Jesse Richardson, Professor, West Virginia University College of Law

8:00 am – 9:00 am     Session #7  Why the Roberts’ Courts New Take on Constitutional Law May Revolutionize Agricultural Law

Speaker: Erin Marrow Hawley; Senior Fellow at the Kinder Institute, of counsel at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, and Senior Counsel for the Independent Women’s Forum Center for Law and Liberty

9:00 am – 10:00 am     Session #8  A View from the Table

Speaker: Greg Doud; Chief Agricultural Negotiator, Office of the United States Trade Representatives

10:15 am – 11:45 am     Session #9  Concurrent Breakouts

Agriculture and Clean Water Act – WOTUS, Groundwater, and More

Speakers: Tiffany Dowell Lashmet; Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, Amarillo Texas
Jesse J. Richardson, Jr.; West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia
Mary-Thomas Hart; National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Washington, DC
Scott Yager; National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Washington, DC

The Law of Hard Times: What Lawyers and Policymakers in 2019 can Learn from the Farm Crisis of the 1980’s

Moderator: Kathleen J. Masterson, The Law Offices of Kathleen J. Masterson, P.C. Monkton, Maryland

Speakers: John Gabel; Gabel Leagal Services, LLC. Bowie, Maryland
Roger Johnson; President, National Farmers Union, Washington DC
Brooke Schumm, III; Esquire, Daneker, McIntire, Schumm, Prince, Manning & Widmann, P.C. Baltimore, Maryland
Bud Stephen Tayman; Bud Stephen Tayman, PA, Germantown, Maryland
Sarah Vogel; Sarah Vogel Law Office, Bismark North Dakota

Gene Editing in Agriculture – Regulatory Status and Legal Issues

Moderators: Karen Carr; Partner, Arent Fox, Washington DC
Lisa Zannoni; Vice President, Regulatory and Government Affairs, Inari, Raleigh, North Carolina

Speakers: Timothy Gruenisen; Corteva, Johnston, Iowa
Dr. Clint Nesbitt; Senior Director, Science and Regulatory Affairs, Food and Agriculture, BIO, Washington, DC
Ragan Naresh; Kirkland & Ellis, Washington, DC
Margaret Rosso Grossman; University of Illlinois, Urbana Illinois

Ag Tech Update- Blockchain, Ag Data, loT and More


From Cradle to Grave: The Life Cycles of Farm and Ranch Ownership: From Acquisition to Disposition

Moderator: Rachel Ralston; Oakland High School, Murfreesboro Tennessee

Speakers: James D. Eggleston, Jr.; Eggleston King, LLP, Weatherford, Texas
Colton McClanahan; Farm Credit Mid-America, Crossville, Tennessee
Matthew J. McClanahan; G. Keith Alley, P.C, Crossville, Tennessee
Greg Sampson; Gray Reed, Dallas, Texas

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm     Session #10  Concurrent Breakouts

Hemp Hemp Hooray, Current Issues in Hemp Production

Moderator: Alli Condra; Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, Portland, Oregon

Speakers: Jeff Giametta; Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, Portland, Oregon
Courtney Moran; EARTH Law LLC, Portland, Oregon
Cassie Peters; Cassie Peters Legal + Consulting LLC, Eugene, Oregon

Protection and Enforcement of Intellectual Property: Special Issues in Representing Ag Tech Companies on their Journey to Profitability

Moderator: Andrew G. Blake; Exacto, Inc., Sharon, Wisconsin

Speakers: Joan K. Archer; Farmobile, LLC. Leawood, Kansas
Marnie A, Jensen; Huch Blackwell LLP., Omaha, Nebraska
Marie Pouliquen; Berenato and White, LLC, Bethesda, Maryland

In search of Sustainable Food: Perspectives from the Supply Chain

Moderator: Jonathon Coppess; Director of the Bock Agricultural Law & Policy Program, University of Illinois

Speakers: Chris Adamo; Vice President Federal & Industry Affairs, Danone North America
Rod Snyder; President, Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture

Agricultural Antitrust Developments

Moderator: Joseph Miller; Genreal Counsel, Rose Acre Farms, Seymour, Indiana

Speakers: John Monica; Partner, Protorae Law, Tysons, Virginia
James Pizzirusso; Housfeld, Washington DC
Jetta Sandin; Associate, Axxin, Veltrop & Harkrider, LLP, Washington DC

Top 10 Issues in Agricultural Leases

Moderator: Stephanie Bradley Fyer; Stephanie Bradley Fryer PLLC, Stamford, Texas

Speakers: Daniel Drazan; Dunn Carney LLP, Portland, Oregon
David Zehntbauer; Dunn Carney LLP, Portland Oregon

2:15 pm – 3:15 pm     Session #11  Concurrent Featured Speakers

State Agricultural Policy Issues Panel Featuring State Leaders

Moderator: Brad Deacon; Director, Office of Legal Affairs, Emergency Management Coordinator, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Lansing, Michigan

Speakers: Dr. Jewel Bronaugh; Commissioner, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Overview of the USDA-NASS Statistical Program Practitioner Track – Farm Data Accessibility

Speaker: Hubert Hamer; Administrator, National Agricultural Statistics Service

Attorney/Client Privilege and Agricultural Matters: Don’t let the Cow out of the Barn Door

Speaker: Brandy A. Sargent; K&L Gates, LLP Portland, Oregon
Margaret R. Westbrook; K&L Gates, LLP, Releigh, North Carolina

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm     Session #12  Concurrent Featured Speakers

A View from the General Counsel’s Office

Moderator: Michael Formica; Assistant Vice President, Domestic Affairs and Counsel, National Pork Producers Council

Speakers: Suzanne Griffin; Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Risk Officer, Butterball, LLC

Agricultural Trade and the Law

Moderator: Megan Provost; Farm Foundation, Washington DC

Speakers: Joseph Glauber; International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington, DC
Bruce Hirsh; Tailwind Global Strategies, Washington, DC
Daniella Taveau; Bold Text Strategies, Washington, DC

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm     Session #13  Concurrent Featured Speakers

Caught Between Johanns and Janus: The Future of Federal and State Checkoff Programs

Moderator: Harrison Pittman; National Agricultural Law Center, University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, Fayetteville, Arkansas

Speakers: Chip English; Davis Wright Tremaine, Washington D.C.
Lance Lange; Faegre Baker Daniels, Minneapolis Minnesota
Wayne R. Watkinson; WAtkinson Miller, Washington D.C.

2019 in Review: Farm Income, Policy, Markets and Trade

Speaker: Dr. John Newton; Chief Economist, American Farm Bureau Federation

Ethical Risk-Management: Practical Tips on Using Innovative Tools to Safeguard your Organization’s Reputation

Speaker: Stuart Bender; Director, USDA Office of Ethics, Washington D.C.

Materials for Saturday, November 9, 2019

7:00 am – 8:00 am  Session #14     Ag Law Updates

Tax Law

Speaker: Kristine Tidgre; Director, Center for Agricultural LAw & Taxation, Iowa State University

Environmental Law

Speaker: Anthony Schutz, Professor, Nebraska College of Law

Farm Bill

Speaker: David Grahn, Associate General Counsel, Farm Credit Adminstration

8:00 am – 9:00 am  Session #15     Concurrent Breakouts

State Responses to Agricultural Water Quality Challenges

Speakers: Professor Neil Hamilton; Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa
Trent C. Hilding; Vestaburg, Michigan
Anthony Schutz; Professor, University of Nebraska, Lincoln Nebraska
Susan Stokes; Minneapolis, Minnesota

Navigating Crop Insurance Claims

Speakers: Chad Marzen; Professor, Florida State University, Tallahasse, Florida
Scott Swier; Swier Law Firm, Avon, South Dakota

Implementation and Impacts of USDA’a GMO Labeling Rules

Moderator: Jennifer Williams Zwagerman; Drake University Law School, Des Moines, Iowa

Speakers: Trevor Findley; Deputy Director of the Food Disclosure and Labeling Division, United States Department of Agricultural, Washington D.C.
Brandon Neuschafer; Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP, St. Louis, Missouri
Luke Westerman; Faegre Baker Daniels, Minneapolis, Minnesota

The Harvest is Ripe, but the Laborers are Few

Speakers: Brandon Eric Davis; Partner, Phelps Dunbar, New Orleans, Louisiana
Nathan Huff; Associate, Phelps Dunbar, Raleigh, North Carolina

An Insurable Event? Managing Supply Chain Risk in a Global Food Economy

Moderator: Kari Larson; K&L Gates LLP, Seattle, Washington

Speakers: Johnathan Cohen; K&L Gates LLP, Washington D.C.
Tami Griffin; Aon Risk Solutions

9:00 am – 10:00 am     Session #16  Concurrent Breakouts

Regulation of Emerging Technologies in the Meat and Poultry Industry

Moderator: Andrew Bailey; Legal Counsel, Science and technology, National Pork Producers Council, Washington, D.C.

Speakers: Karen Ellis Carr; Partner, Arent Fox LLP, Washington D.C.
Daniel Kovich; Director of Science and Technology, National Pork Producers Council, Washington, D.C.
Dr. Tiffany Lee; Director, Regulatory and Scientific Affairs, National Pork Producers Council, Washington D.C

Welcome to the Swamp! Advocacy in USDA Regulatory Matters and Administrative Hearings

Speakers: Chelsea Good; Livestock Marketing Association, Kansas City Missouri
John Dillard; OFW Law, Washington D.C.
Ken Ackerman; OFW Law, Washington, D.C.

National Organic Program – Legal Update

Speakers: Chip English; Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, Washington, D.C.
Jennifer Tucker; USDA Agricultural Marketing Service, Nationals Organic Program, Washington, D.C.
Laura Batcha; Organic Trade Association, Washington, D.C.

Responding to Class Action Threats: The A to Z on Minimizing Litigation and Liability Risk

Speakers: Jacob Harper; Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, Los Angeles, California


Innovative Policy Solutions for Economic Development in Tribal Food & Agriculture

Speakers: Colby Duren; Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas
Erin Parker; Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas
Blake Jackson (Choctaw), Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas

10:15 am – 11:15 am     Session #17  Concurrent Breakouts

Right to Farm in North Carolina and Beyond

Moderator: Elizabeth Rumley; National Ag Law Center, Fayetteville, Arkansas

Speakers: Robert Andrew Branan; Agricultural and Resource Economics, North Carolina State University, Raleigh North Carolina
Rusty Rumley; National Ag LAw Center, Fayetteville, Arkansas
Jake Parker; North Carolina Farm Bureau, Raleigh North Carolina

Do and Don’ts Under the Clean Water Act Normal Farming Activities Exemption

Moderator: Mollie Williams; Pacific Legal Foundation, Sacramento, California

Speakers: Tony Francois, Pacific Legal Foundation, Sacramento, California
Andrew Doyle; United States Department of Justice, Washington, D.C.

The First Year of FSMA Produce Safety Rule: Inspections: Top Legal Issues

Moderator: Nicole Cook; University of Maryland Eastern Shorn, Princess Anne, Maryland

Speakers: Kelly Nuckolls; National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, Washington, D.C.
Sarah Everhart; University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, Baltimore, Maryland
Socrates Trujilo, Ph.D.; Produce Safety Network, Food and Drug Administration, College Park, Maryland

Top 5 Eye Openers Impacting Industry – From Glyphosate to CBD

Speakers: Glenn Bass; U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Mai Dinh; Assistant General Counsel, Marketing, Regulatory and Food Safety Programs Division, United States Department of Agricultural, Washington, D.C.
H. Kumar Jayasuriya; United States Department of Agriculture
Tony Pavel; Cargill, Washington D.C.
Angela Spivey; Alston & Bird, Atlanta, Georgia

Real Estate Transactions Involving Agricultural Land

Speakers: Kellen Holgate; Associate at K&L Gates LLP, Seattle, Washington
J.D. Kious; Kious & Rodgers, Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Laura Vaught; Kious & Rodgers, Murfreesboro, Tennessee

11:15 am – 12:15 am     Session #18  Concurrent Breakout

Agricultural Commodity Transportation – Industry and Agency Perspectives

Speakers: Joe DeLorenzo; Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Washington, D.C.
Allison Rivera; National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Washington D.C.
Jara Settles; Livestock Marketing Association, Kansas City, Missouri
Andrew Walmsley; American Farm Bureau Federation, Washington, D.C.

Understanding the Essentials of Agricultural Market Loss Litigation: Duty, the Economic Loss Doctrine and Damage

Moderator: Bill Chaney; Gray Reed & McGraw LLP, Dallas, Texas

Speakers: Don Downing; Gray, Ritter & Graham, P.C., St. Louis, Missouri
Gretchen Garrison; Gray, Ritter & Graham, P.C., St. Louis Missouri

Navigating the Regulatory Structure for the Processing, Distribution and Selling of Cannabinoid Related Compounds, including CBD

Moderator: Tina Hlabse; General Counsel, North Carolina Department of Agricultural and Consumer Services, Raleigh, North Carolina

Speakers: Joe Reardon; Assistant Commissioner for Consumer Protection, NC Department of Agricultural and Consumer Services, Raleigh, North Carolina
Scott Propheter; Critically LLC, North Carolina

No Bull…. Monetizing the Environmental Attributes of Dairy Gas, Ag Waste, and Renewable Energy Projects on Farmland

Speakers: Marisa Bocci; Partner, K&L Gates LLP, Seattle, Washington
Ankur Tohan; Partner, K&L Gates LLP, Seattle, Washington
Buck Endemann; Partner, K&L Gates LLP, San Francisco, California

The LLC: Why the Partnership is still preferred Entity of Choice after Tax Reform

Speakers: Dario Arezzo; Farm Credit East, Phelps, New York
Kristine Tidgren; Director, Center for Agricultural Law & Taxation, Iowa State University

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm     Session #19  Ethics

Ethics Restrictions on Current and Former Federal Employees: A Primer for Individuals and the Business Who Wish to Employ Them

Speaker: Autumn R. Agans; Farm Credit Administration, McLean, Virginia