There’s a lot riding on the upcoming farm bill, which could bring sweeping changes to how farmers in the South stay in business. On Election Day, Nov. 6, join the National Agricultural Law Center for a workshop in Stuttgart, Ark., to learn what a reauthorized farm bill may mean to your operation, as well as crop insurance and other legal issues for row crop producers.

The workshop will be held at the Grand Prairie Center, 2709 Highway 165 South. It begins at 10 a.m. and runs until noon. 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.”

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 presenters at each workshop.

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

For more about the National Agricultural Law Center, visit www.nationalaglawcenter.org.