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Learn from industry experts about laws and regulations that impact the agricultural businesses of farming and ranching.

Webcast available for online attendance


Approved by the Kansas Continuing Legal Education Commission for 8.0 CLE hours, including 1 hour ethics (in-person and online).


Accedited for 8 hours credit for CPAs and IRS agents (CPE credit for in-person attendees only (online CPE credit not available)).


7:40 a.m. Registration
8:00 a.m. Introductions & Welcome

Roger McEowen
Kansas Farm Bureau Professor of Agricultural Law and Taxation, Washburn University School of Law

Wendee Grady
Assistant General Counsel, Kansas Farm Bureau

8:15 a.m.

Ag-Related Provisions in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TJCA)

Roger McEowen

Mark Dikeman
Associate Director, Kansas Farm Management Assn

9:55 a.m. Break
10:15 a.m.

Farmer Financial Distress, Mediation and Farm Bankruptcy

Session 1: Services and Observations of the Kansas Agricultural Mediation Services

Forrest Buhler
Staff Attorney, Kansas Agricultural Mediation Services

Session 2: Approaches to Handling Farm Clients in Financial Distress and Those Facing a Possible Chapter 12 Filing

Dan Forker
Attorney, Forker Suter LLC, Hutchinson, KS

Joseph A. Peiffer
Attorney, Ag & Business Legal Strategies, Hiawatha, Iowa

Session 3: The Bankruptcy Trustee’s Role

Carl B. Davis
Standing Bankruptcy Trustee, District of Kansas

Noon Lunch
1:00 p.m.

Agricultural Policy Issues

Allie Devine and John Donley
Devine, Donley & Murray Governmental Affairs

Ryan Flickner
Kansas Farm Bureau Senior Director of Public Policy

1:50 p.m.

Leasing the Land and the Water - Agricultural Leasing Issues Involving Water Rights

Wendee Grady

2:40 p.m. Break
3:00 p.m.

Agricultural Law Update

Roger McEowen

3:50 p.m.

Are You an Ethical Attorney Negotiator? A Live Exercise Based on the “American Pickers” Show!

Shawn Leisinger
Executive Director, Centers for Excellence, Washburn University School of Law

4:45 p.m. Adjourn

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