Farm Bill to be discussed at Stuttgart meeting


STUTTGART — The National Agricultural Law Center will conduct a workshop 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Nov. 6, in Stuttgart during which they will discuss what the farm bill may mean for local farm operations, crop insurance and other legal issues for row crop producers.

The workshop will be held at the Grand Prairie Center, 2709 Highway 165 South. The meeting will be followed by a lunch for participants catered by King Kat Catfish. There is no charge for the meeting or lunch.

“We will give producers the latest update on the 2012 Farm Bill, including the process and likely outcomes of the farm bill,” said Harrison Pittman, director of the National Agricultural Law Center. “We will also cover other issues such as the farm bill proposal that would significantly modify the appeals process for farmers who receive adverse determinations from FSA or NRCS.”

Pittman said the workshop — which will also include a question-and-answer session — will have a practical discussion of legal aspects of federal crop insurance, including issues involving documentation, prevented planting, conversion of catfish ponds and aspects of crop insurance arbitration. The workshop will also address areas such as farm leasing issues.

Pittman and Grant Ballard, Center Research Consultant and Associate with the Banks Law Firm PLLC will be the presenters.

For additional information and to RSVP, contact Center Director Harrison Pittman at hmpittm@uark.edu or (479) 575-7640.