Continuing Legal Education

Hot Topics in Agriculture Law - 2018

February 2, 2018
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
6.50 MCLE hours, including 1.00 approved Professional Responsibility MCLE credit hours
Presented by Agricultural Law

Holiday Inn & Suites
3202 E. Empire Street
(map and directions)


6.50 hours MCLE credit, including 1.0* hour Professional Responsibility MCLE credit
in the following category:
Mental Health and Substance Abuse

Don’t miss this annual event that updates you
on a number of important agricultural law issues!

Get the information you need on several hot topic areas in the agricultural law area, including changes to Illinois and federal estate and income tax law and recent developments in statutory and case law. Attorneys with intermediate practice experience who attend this seminar will better understand:

  • The developments taking place in wind and solar farm leasing;
  • Easements for utility projects;
  • Syngenta and Dicamba class action updates.
  • The laws controlling involuntary partition actions;
  • The process for negotiation, drafting, and closing contracts for the sale of farm real estate;
  • Drainage law, including common law and statutory;
  • How to deal with the increasing number of cases involving cognitive impairment in aging lawyers; and
  • Much more!
Thank You to our Sponsor!

Farm Credit Illinois

Program Coordinator:
Barry O. Hines
, Attorney at Law, Springfield

Program Moderators:

  • Morning Session - Barry O. Hines, Attorney at Law, Springfield
  • Afternoon SessionKeith W. Casteel, Samuels Miller Schroeder Jackson & Sly LLP, Decatur


NOTE: Your registration includes access to electronic course materials that will be sent to you via email prior to the seminar. Printed course materials may be purchased for a nomial fee via the registration page.



8:00 - 8:30 a.m.  Complimentary Breakfast
This sponsorship is jointly provided by Compeer Financial and Farm Credit Illinois

8:30 – 9:15 a.m.  Estate Tax Update
Get the updates you need on the federal estate tax law, as well as anticipated changes in the coming months. A look at how Illinois estate tax is calculated and a review of the cases that were decided throughout the past year in tax court and Federal District Courts that impact the agricultural community are also included.
Michael G. Barton, Bellatti Baron Cochran & White LLC, Springfield
Levi C. Bennett, Office of the Attorney General, Springfield

9:15 – 10:00 a.m.  Income Tax Update
This segment discusses the 2017 federal and state income tax issues that are affecting agricultural producers and the recent case law and matters of particular concern for 2018.
Richard C. Walden, Certified Public Accountant, Carlinville

10:00 - 10:15 a.m.  Break (beverages provided)

10:15 – 11:30 a.m.  Hot Topics in Agricultural Law
Don’t miss this in-depth look at a number of hot topic issues you need to be aware of, including easements for utility projects, commercial wind and solar farm leasing, and Syngenta and Dicamba class action updates.
Laura A. Harmon, Illinois Agricultural Association, Bloomington
Garrett W. Thalgott, Illinois Agricultural Association, Bloomington

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.  Involuntary Partition
Sometimes clients don’t see eye-to-eye with property co-owners and need a remedy for severing the tenancy. This presentation reviews the laws controlling involuntary partition actions in Illinois, including the right to partition, interests subject to partition, and judicial partition and procedure.
Craig W. Runyon, Samuels Miller Schroeder Jackson & Sly, LLP, Decatur

12:15 – 1:15 p.m.  Lunch (provided)

1:15 – 2:15 p.m.  Farmland Contracts from Negotiation to Closing
This segment offers a primer on the negotiation, drafting, and closing of contracts for the sale of farm real estate from both the perspective of the buyer and seller. Title insurance – including coverage, exceptions, and specific title issues such as access – are also discussed.
Paul E. Bender, Chicago Title Insurance Company, Bloomington
James R. Myers, Oldfield, Myers, Apke & Payne Law Group, Ltd., Vandalia

2:15 – 3:15 p.m.  Drainage Law: Common Law and Statutory
Learn what your landowner’s rights are regarding the surface flow of water from the higher/dominant estate to the lower/servient estate, including how civil law has been modified by Illinois’ Good Husbandry Exception and Reasonable-Use Rule, as well as the statutory provisions concerning surface and subsurface waters.
Garrett W. Thalgott, Illinois Agricultural Association, Bloomington

3:15 – 3:30 p.m.  Break (refreshments provided)

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.  Twilight Lawyers*
Alcoholism and depression, two issues in the legal profession that generate malpractice risk, are being joined by a third: dementia and other cognitive impairments. And as baby boomer-generation lawyers grow older, the problem will worsen. The legal profession must deal with the increasing number of cases involving cognitive impairment in aging lawyers. This session offers insight and suggestions as to how we as a profession can become part of the solution.
Kristi M. Vetri, Association Law Office, O’Fallon