2020 Agricultural and Rural Law Institute | Part II

Event Description

Online registration is now closed. You may still register by emailing kerbach@mnbars.org before 3PM on Tuesday, May 19.


The Section is excited to continue a tradition, now in its 29th consecutive year, of presenting recent developments and the latest hot topics in agricultural law. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, this year's Institute looks a little different than previous years. We are dividing the content up into two half-day remote sessions on May 13 and May 20. We hope you can join us!

Part II Schedule:

10:00 AM - Conservation Concepts for Farm Leases

Soil conservation is essential for preserving the value of an investment in farmland and many farmers want soil conservation terms included in their leases.  But what does “soil conservation” really mean?  And how can we incorporate these concepts into farmland leases?  Dr. Anna Cates from the Minnesota Office for Soil Health and Jodi DeJong-Hughes from the University of Minnesota Extension Service will explain the essential concepts and jargon around soil conservation so that we, as lawyers, can better understand how to incorporate these concepts into our clients’ leases.

Dr. Anna Cates | Assistant Extension Professor and Soil Health Specialist with the new MN Office for Soil Health (MOSH) and the Department of Soil, Water, and Climate at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Jodi DeJong-Hughes | Regional Extension Educator at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

11:00 AM - Hemp Regulations in Minnesota

Industrial hemp production in Minnesota is regulated through the state Department of Agriculture’s (MDA) Hemp Pilot Program, which has grown from 6 licensed growers on 40 acres in 2016, to 540 license holders who grew hemp on 8,000 acres and 400,000 indoor square feet of growing space in 2019. The 2018 Farm Bill freed up interstate movement of hemp seed, plants, and processed hemp products and made hemp farmers eligible for crop insurance and grants through the USDA. States and tribes oversee regulation of industrial hemp production in their respective jurisdictions, but state plans must be submitted to USDA for approval prior to implementation of a permanent hemp growing program. The USDA issued its interim hemp program rules last October and the MDA is currently writing its state program for review. MDA Assistant Commissioner Whitney Place will lead this panel presentation on growing hemp under the Hemp Pilot Program and some of the challenges and opportunities under USDA’s interim rules.

Whitney Place | Assistant Commissioner at the Minnesota Department of Agriculture

Joe Radinovich | Executive Director of the Minnesota Hemp Association

John Strohfus | Founder and CEO of Minnesota Hemp Farms

12:00 PM - Disclaimer & QTIP Wills and Trusts: Like a “Swiss Army Knife” Loaded with Seldom Needed Tools

More than ever, farmer's estate documents should be like a "Swiss Army Knife" – loaded with seldom needed tools. Instability in farmland prices and the reversion of the estate tax exemption amount in 2026 require a new preparedness. This presentation will explain ideas for a practical and workable architecture for estate plans, which give the survivors the opportunity for postmortem planning for the best tax results and provide easily understandable outcomes.

Patrick Costello | Attorney at Costello, Carlson, Butzon & Schmit, LLP

CLE Credits:

3.0 Standard credits | Event Code: 302963


Section Member: $35
Non-Section Member:  $50
Law Students: Free
MSBA Members, join the Section and attend for $35 (must email kerbach@mnbars.org to register)

Remote Participation: 

Instructions will be sent the day before the CLE. If you cannot find the instructions, please check your junk or spam folder before contacting kerbach@mnbars.org .

If you are new to remote participation with Adobe Connect, we encourage you to log in 15 minutes before the start of the program. Staff will be available in the virtual classroom to assist with any questions that you have

Want more information about the Agricultural and Rural Law Section? 
To register with a check, please mail in this registration form.
Need to cancel? Please see our cancellation policy.
Questions? Contact Kayla Erbach | 612-278-6325

The MSBA is committed to creating an inclusive environment in which all members can participate fully. If you need reasonable accommodations to participate in this event, please notify Kayla Erbach. Please provide notification at least 72 hours prior to the meeting to allow sufficient time to make arrangements for accommodations.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

10:00 AM to 1:00 PM