2014 KBA Agricultural Law CLE
Friday, November 14, 2014
Kansas Farm Bureau, Manhattan
8:30 a.m. Registration & Continental Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Ethical Considerations for the Legal Advisor in Farm and Ranch Succession Planning (ETHICS)
Forrest Buhler, Kansas Agricultural Mediation Services, Manhattan, KS
Attorneys play key roles in farm and ranch succession planning. This section analyzes how to achieve the balance between ethical responsibilities to the client and the need for maintaining the family communications and relationships necessary to carry on a successful operation.
9:50 a.m. Agricultural Employment Law Review
J. Steven Massoni, Foulston Siefkin LLP, Wichita, KS
This session will provide an overview of the application of federal and state workplace laws to agricultural enterprises. The presentation will include a review of laws that do not distinguish between agricultural and non-agricultural employment and a discussion of statutes and regulations that partially exempt employers and employees engaged in agricultural pursuits.
10:40 a.m. BREAK
10:55 a.m. Representing the Landowner in Oil and Gas Leasing Transactions
David Pierce, Washburn University School of Law, Topeka, KS
This session explores what developers must have, and what landowners must have, in oil and gas leasing transactions. In addition to the “must haves” are the items that are open for negotiation and trading. These will be discussed in the context of the unique document used to memorialize agreement: the oil and gas lease
11:45 a.m. 2014 Farm Bill Commodity Program (not for CLE credit)
G. Art Barnaby, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
12:45 p.m. Agricultural Law Update (100 minutes)
Roger McEowen, ISU Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation, Ames, IA
This session will provide up-to-the-minute coverage of recent federal and key 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 property representation of farm clients, rural landowners and agribusinesses.
2:25 p.m. BREAK
2:40 p.m. The Endangered Species Act-Lesser Prairie Chickens and Other Dangerous Critters
David Traster, Foulston Siefkin LLP, Wichita, KS
Why did the Lesser Prairie-Chicken cross the road? Because a Lesser Prairie-Chicken, now an Endangered Species Act “threatened species,” can do whatever it wants ... on your land, on land that you operate, even on land where you provide services. But this is no joke—harming this bird, or just harming its now-protected habitat, can result in substantial monetary penalties or even land you in prison.
3:30 p.m. Adjourn