Ag Law Community of Practice Offers Crop Insurance Webinar June 21

On June 21 the National Agricultural Law Center will provide a free webinar titled, Crop Insurance and Southern Agriculture: What You Need to Know from 12-1 p.m. EST.

The webinar is designed for anyone – producers, extension personnel, lenders, and others – interested in updated information on the current status of the 2012 Farm Bill, a foundational understanding of crop insurance, and the emerging role that federal crop insurance will play for agricultural production and related industries in the southern United States.

Congressional debate over the “2012 Farm Bill” strongly indicates that crop insurance will become an even greater part of farm risk management for agricultural producers, especially in light of likely elimination of direct payments and the “safety net” of the traditional farm program under the Farm Bill. The importance of this shifting policy landscape and crop insurance is applicable nationwide, and is especially important for southern agricultural crop and livestock producers. In light of this, it important that producers, lenders, extension personnel, and others involved in southern agricultural production have a foundational understanding of key aspects of current and proposed changes to federal crop insurance. In addition, a foundational understanding of the crop insurance program will help producers and others more easily navigate and prepare for the claims loss process, and for those instances in which a loss claim is denied.

Participating in the webinar is very easy, even if this is the first webinar in which you have participated. At 12 EST, simply click here: and sign in as a guest. Before viewing the webinar, please visit the following URL to confirm your ability to connect to the server:

This webinar presentation will provide foundational knowledge on the federal crop insurance program and key legal issues with a focus on southern agriculture. Topics will include:
•Update on current federal policy debate regarding crop insurance, including unique aspects for livestock producers;
•Key terminology producers and others should be aware of in navigating legal and other important aspects of crop insurance;
•Critical resources for updates and information on legal and other crop insurance issues;
•Discussion of legal considerations that should be considered once a loss occurs; and
•Legal significance of representations made by crop insurance agents to producers.

The webinar presenters will be Harrison Pittman, Director of the National Agricultural Law Center, and Grant Ballard, Research Consultant to the National Agricultural Law Center and Associate with the Banks Law Firm, PLLC. Mr. Ballard has recently published two articles at the National Agricultural Law Center relevant to this presentation, Filing a Crop Insurance Claim: An Overview for Producers and The Federal Crop Insurance Program: Administration, Structure, and Operation.

The webinar presentation is the first in a series of educational webinars provided by the National Agricultural Law Center with generous support from the Banks Law Firm, PLLC focusing on legal issues in southern agriculture and to help promote the 25th Anniversary of the National Agricultural Law Center. Future seminars will include a focus on key provisions of the 2012 Farm Bill and environmental regulation. For questions or additional information about this webinar or other upcoming National Agricultural Law Center research and information activities, contact Center Director Harrison Pittman at (479) 575-7640 or