Mid-South Ag and Environmental Law Conference, Memphis, June 6-7

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    Environmental regulations provide both protections and challenges — protections for natural resources and the people and animals who depend on them; compliance challenges for many landowners. At the Mid-South Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference, Jim Noles, founding partner at Barze Taylor Noles Lowther, LLC, will address how attorneys, lenders and landowners can best navigate related regulatory issues.

    The conference, hosted by the National Agricultural Law Center, based at the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, is scheduled for June 6-7. It will be held at the University of Memphis’ Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law in Memphis, Tennessee.

    Environmental law is a focus of Noles’s career, including experience with the Endangered Species Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, the National Historic Preservation Act, the Federal Water Pollution Control Act and many more.

    This will be Noles’s first time speaking at the conference and Harrison Pittman, director of the National Agricultural Law Center, said his lecture will include vital information for those involved in agricultural and environmental law.

    “Jim is widely respected for his environmental law background and has experience dealing with environmental law issues that farmers, lenders, and landowners must deal with,” Pittman said. “We’re thrilled to have him share his expertise with this year’s attendees.”

    Noles comes from a farming family.

    “My grandfather’s father’s family farmed cotton in the creek bottoms of southern Tennessee, raised in what seemed to be a two-room wooden house with nine brothers and sisters,” Noles said. “So, I’ve always appreciated how closely farmers are tied to the environment. Their fortunes, and their families’ fortunes, rise and fall with it.

    “I’m hoping that my talk will help listeners develop a sense of what challenges are present on the environmental horizon, particularly on the federal front,” he said. “Forewarned is forearmed.  My topics will include developments related to the Endangered Species Act and current state of the efforts to define Waters of the United States.”

    This conference is approved for six hours of continuing legal education in Arkansas, Mississippi, and Tennessee, including one hour of ethics. It is approved for 7.2 hours of continuing legal education in Missouri, including 1.2 hours of ethics.  The American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers has approved the conference for seven hours of continuing education credit. Participants who register before May 14 will receive an additional two hours of online CLE credit.

    For more information, including registration, on the Mid-South Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference, visit here.

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