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Kansas State University/Washburn Law School Inaugural Agribusiness Symposium

Kansas State University/Washburn Law School Inaugural Agribusiness Symposium

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Registration: $50
Continuing Education Credits: $250 (approved for 8 hours of KS CLE credit; eligible for CPE credit)

This symposium examines the intersection between the business and economics of agriculture and the legal environment in which they operate. The legal environment is composed of the body of law impacting agriculture, the applicable tax systems, and government programs unique to agriculture.

Law and regulation impacting the agricultural businesses of farming and ranching are the focus of this symposium.

Symposium Schedule

Morning Session

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; Tax Director, Midwest Region, Agribusiness and Cooperatives, CliftonLarsonAllen, LLP, West Des Moines, IA

Allen Featherstone
Department Head, Agricultural Economics, Professor, Director of Master in Agribusiness Program, Kansas State University

Terry Holdren
CEO and General Counsel, Kansas Farm Bureau 

8:15 a.m.

Economics

The current financial situation in Kansas production agriculture.
Allen Featherstone

9:15 a.m.

Contracts


This session focuses on the importance of contracts in the farming operation.
David Pierce, Professor at Washburn University School of Law and Director of Washburn’s Oil and Gas Law Center

9:45 a.m.

Break

10:00 a.m.

Regulation

This session focuses on environmental laws implicated by the farming operation.
Ryan Flickner, Senior Director, Kansas Farm Bureau Advocacy

10:30 a.m.

Tax Considerations

This session focuses on selected tax topics uniquely applicable to farming and ranching operations.
Roger McEowen

11:00 a.m.

Practical Entity Planning

This session focuses on practical entity planning applicable to farming and ranching operations. It will cover liability protection; income and payroll tax savings ideas; and FSA planning.
Paul Neiffer, CPA
Principal, AgriBusiness Group
CliftonLarsonAllen LLP

11:30 a.m.

Water

This session focuses on the basics of Kansas water law.
Burke Griggs, Visiting Associate Professor at Washburn University School of Law; Fellow with Woods Institute for the Environment, Stanford University

NOON

Lunch

  • Recognition of Technical Support for WALTR
  • Luncheon Speaker: The Honorable Sam Brownback, Governor of Kansas

Afternoon Session

1:00 p.m.

Bankruptcy

This session focuses on the available bankruptcy options for a farmer/rancher, compares the qualifications for Chapter 11 and Chapter 12 bankruptcy, and the special tax relief available to a “family farmer” in Chapter 12. Strategies to liquidate to utilize the Chapter 12 provisions and the needed cooperation between farmers and
creditors will also be addressed.
Joe Peiffer, Esq.
Peiffer Law Office, P.C. 

1:30 p.m.

State Government Programs  Supporting Farming and Ranching

Kansas Department of Agriculture

2:00 p.m.

Pending Federal Tax Code Changes Impacting Farming and Ranching

Pat Wolff, Senior Director Congressional Relations, American Farm Bureau Federation

2:30 p.m.

Break

2:45 p.m.

Farmer and Lender Panel Discussion

Moderated by

  • Eric Atkinson, Radio Specialist and Agriculture Director, K-State Radio Network
  • Lon Frahm, CEO, Frahm Farmland, Inc., Colby, KS
  • Bill Davis, Senior Vice President - Chief Credit Officer, Farm Credit Services of America, Omaha, NE
3:35 p.m.

Speaker Panel Discussion

Moderated by Eric Atkinson. An open forum discussion with all of the day’s speakers

4:45 p.m.

Adjourn

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