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Registration:                        8:00 - 8:30 am

Morning Session:                8:30 - 11:45 am

Lunch (On your own):         11:45 am - 12:45 pm

Afternoon Session:             12:45 - 4:30 pm

Current Status of 2018 US Farm Bill
J. Parker

   Estimated costs and projections
   Crop insurance
   Farm commodity program
   Nutrition assistance

Agricultural Finance Law
J. Parker

   Commercial transactions
   Federal loan programs
   Finance & credit
   Production contracts

Agricultural Environmental Law
A. Branan

   Livestock operations
   Crop production
   Chemical handling and exposure
   Air quality

Agricultural Water Law
M. Ormiston

   Application of the Clean Water Act to agricultural operations
      • Farming and non-farming activities
   Water supplies, well drilling and irrigation law
   Handling of agricultural wastewater
   Long term sustainability of water supply and water quality

Agricultural Land Use Regulations
M. Ormiston

   Permitting and siting of agricultural operations
      • Livestock and crop production
   Conflicts with other land owners and land uses
   Land use litigation

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Attorneys

     North Carolina CLE Pending
     6.5 South Carolina CLE Hours
     6.5 Virginia CLE Hours

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public. HalfMoon Education has applied to the North Carolina Board of CLE for attorney course approval, which is pending. The course has been approved for 6.5 CLE hours for South Carolina and Virginia attorneys.

Current course approval status for North Carolina attorneys is posted at www.halfmoonseminars.org. Please confirm course approval prior to registering for this event. Please email doug@halfmoonseminars.org if you wish to be notified when the North Carolina course approval is secured.

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the seminar for most individuals who complete the entire event. Attendance certificates not available at the seminar will be mailed to participants within fifteen business days.


Robert “Andrew” Branan

Assistant Extension Professor with the Agricultural and Resource Economics Department in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, North Carolina State University

Mr. Branan serves as assistant extension professor with the Agricultural and Resource Economics Department in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, North Carolina State University. He is a lawyer who concentrates in agriculture, real property, and natural resource law, with a focus on farm and land succession. Mr. Branan has managed a solo law practice that has served farmers, landowners and food entrepreneurs across North Carolina and Virginia on matters of business planning and management and asset transfer. He has also served as legal counsel to various food distribution and processing companies that create production opportunities for farmers. He has a particular interest in counseling new and beginning farmers and inheritors of farmland, authoring the workbook Planning the Future of Your Farm for farm owners and Getting Started in Farming workbook for beginning farmers. Mr. Branan graduated from Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia and Wake Forest University Law School, and lives with his family just north of Hillsborough, North Carolina.

Matthew K. Ormiston

Special Counsel with Nexsen Pruet

Mr. Ormiston, a member of Nexsen Pruet’s Agribusiness Industry Team, tailors his efforts to meet the special needs of the firm’s clients working within the agricultural industry, particularly those within the Farm Credit System. As part of the Farm Credit System, established by Congress in 1916, Mr. Ormiston’s clients provide a reliable source of funding to agricultural and aquatic producers, rural homeowners and certain agriculture-related businesses and cooperatives.

Before joining Nexsen Pruet, Mr. Ormiston served as associate general counsel for a cooperatively-owned wholesale funding bank within the Texas Farm Credit District, which serves Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico and Texas. In this role, he advised the bank on various topics including, but not limited to, credit documentation, loan origination, loan closing and servicing, bankruptcy, foreclosure sales and flood insurance.

Prior to going in-house, Mr. Ormiston represented clients in state and local tax litigation and appeals, as well as construction, contract, employment and entertainment law matters.

While still in law school, he served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Xavier Rodriguez, United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas.

Julie A. Parker

Attorney with Stubbs & Perdue

Ms. Parker was admitted to the North Carolina Bar in 2018. Her practice areas focus on agricultural law, consumer bankruptcy, and real estate. Before joining Stubbs & Perdue, Ms. Parker obtained her masters degree in Social Work from East Carolina University. During law school, Ms. Parker served as the articles editor of the North Carolina Central Environmental Law Review and was a member of the Pro Bono Council Board.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $279.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $279.00
Group Prices
3 or more People: $259.00

Each registration includes one copy of a manual prepared by the seminar speakers.