2014 KBA Agricultural Law CLE
Friday, November 14, 2014
Kansas Farm Bureau, Manhattan
Pending CLE approval in Kansas and Missouri
8:30 a.m. Registration & Continental Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Ethical Considerations for the Legal Advisor in Farm and Ranch Succession Planning
Forrest Buhler, Kansas Agricultural Mediation Services, ManhattanAttorneys 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
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
Professor David Pierce, Washburn University School of Law, Topeka
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. Farm Program Update by Dr. Glenn Barnaby-Lunch Provided (not for CLE credit)
12:45 p.m. Agricultural Law Update (2 hours-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 unizue, 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
Dave Traster, Foulston Siefkin LLP, Wichita
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