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September 8 & 9, 2005 -- Billings, MT










Please consider joining us for our First Annual Agriculture Law Conference, to be held September 8 and 9, 2005 in Billings, MT. Our comprehensive program is specifically designed for everyone affected by Agriculture Issues, including Farmers and Ranchers, Water and Irrigation Managers, Government Officials, Land Use Planners, Attorneys, Accountants, Estate Planners, Environmentalists, and more. Our faculty, comprised of leading local and regional experts, will give you the information you need to operate within the increasingly complex arena of Agriculture, Land Use, and the Law.

Seminar Co-Sponsors:


Who Should Attend:
Farmers & Ranchers
Water and Irrigation Managers
Government Officials
Estate/Financial Planners


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Thursday, Sep. 8, 2005
9:00Introduction of Day One
Dietrich & Associates PC
Montana Land Reliance
Ferguson Law Office PLLC
9:10State Legislative Update
Montana Farm Bureau Federation
• Water Leasing, Irrigation, State of Rivers
Ferguson Law Office PLLC
Land and Water Consulting, a division of PBS&J
• Role of the DNRC
Montana Dept. of Natural Resources and Conservation
• Status of Adjudication
Montana Water Court
NRCS, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture
Montana Department of Transportation
12:15Lunch (on your own)
1:15Clean Water Act
• Coal Bed Methane Drilling Status, Mineral Rights, and Water & Land Use
Fehringer Agricultural Consulting
Gough Shanahan Johnson & Waterman
2:15Endangered Species Act
Opportunities for Agricultural Producers to Avoid ESA Regulations (eg., Arctic Grayling, Sage Grouse)
Holland & Hart LLP, Boise, ID
3:15Pesticides and Pesticide Regulations
What You Need to Know About Pesticides in 2005
Montana Department of Agriculture
4:00Questions and Answers
Members of the Faculty
Friday, Sep. 9, 2005
9:00Introduction of Day Two
Dietrich & Associates PC
Montana Land Reliance
Ferguson Law Office PLLC
9:10CAFOs (Controlled Animal Feeding Operations) and AFOs
• Understanding CAFO Rules
Montana Stockgrowers Association
9:35State Grazing Land Update
Montana Alberta Tie Ltd.
10:00Agriculture and Urbanization
• Farm and Ranch Land Protection Programs
NRCS, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture
• Conservation Easements
Montana Land Reliance
11:15Agriculture and Urbanization (cont.)
• Benefits of Ranch Master Planning in an Environment of Rapidly Appreciating Land Values
Foley Group LLC
12:00Lunch (on your own)
1:00Farm Credit
Regulatory Lending Authorities; Requirements and Underwriting Restrictions Applicable to Northwest Farm Credit Services as a Farm Credit System Institution and as a Cooperatively Owned Agricultural and Rural Lender
Northwest Farm Credit Services, ACA
Spokane, WA
1:30Landowner Liability
Potential Landowner Liability Resulting from the Ownership of Agricultural Land: Underground Storage Tanks and Other Environmental Concerns, Nuisance and Trespass Claims by Neighbors, and Insurance Issues
Cole Law Firm PLLC
2:15Agricultural Estate Planning
How to Minimize Estate Tax Liability; Equitable Distribution of Property Among Family Members; Ensuring the Financial Security of a Surviving Spouse
Dietrich & Associates PC
3:00Questions and Answers
Members of the Faculty


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Jeff R. Brown is Assistant General Counsel for Northwest Farm Credit Services, ACA, which serves over 12,000 customers through the extension of over $6 billion of commercial, agricultural and rural housing credit.

Bruce M. Burger is an analyst and Project Manager for the Foley Group LLC. He provides specialized expertise in limited development planning, feasibility studies, acquisition due diligence and conservation easements.

William A. Cole is the owner of Cole Law Firm PLLC where he practices in the areas of commercial litigation, real estate, land use, contracts, personal injury and insurance. He was an active member of the Yellowstone County Planning Board, serving as its president in 2003.

David J. Dietrich is a shareholder with Dietrich & Associates PC with an active tax, real estate and agricultural practice, including business organization, formation, dissolution and estate planning and administration.

Jay M. Erickson is a Managing Director at The Montana Land Reliance. In its 28 years, the MLR has become one of the nation’s leading private land conservation groups. Previously, he worked for the U.S. Treasury Dept. in Helena.

Neal E. Fehringer, CPAg, CCA, of Fehringer Agricultural Consulting, consults to farmers in south central and southeastern Montana on their crop production. He is a board certified agronomist by the American Society of Agronomy.

Murray Feldman is a partner is the Boise office of Holland & Hart LLP where his practice covers several environmental and natural resources law areas, including endangered species, environmental permitting, public lands, and environmental insurance.

John Ferguson founded Ferguson Law Office PLLC in 2007 and his offices are located in Missoula, Montana. He concentrates his practice in the areas of water, construction, and employment law and provides criminal defense representation as a contract attorney for the Public Defender’s Office.

Tim D. Hall is legal counsel for the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation. He has been involved in all aspects of Montana water law for the last 25 years.

Mary Page manages the Eastern Office of the Montana Land Reliance and is responsible for negotiating easements with area landowners, fundraising and agricultural outreach.

Harley R. Harris was appointed Vice President and General Counsel for Montana Alberta Tie Ltd. in May, 2010. He will have responsibility for U.S. and Montana legal, regulatory and governmental affairs, right-of-way acquisition and management, project management and strategic project development.

Dana L. Hupp is an attorney at Gough Shanahan Johnson & Waterman where she represents clients in a variety of areas with an emphasis in environmental and natural resource law, administrative law, and government relations law.

Tim Meloy has over 18 years of experience at the Montana Dept. of Agriculture. His duties include enforcement of contested matters in pesticide misuse cases, collection on defaulted loans in the agriculture loan program, and personnel discipline matters.

Steve Pilcher is the Executive Vice President of the Montana Stockgrowers Association, and was previously the Natural Resource Coordinator. He oversees all activities of the Association, and serves as editorial and educational director.

Hon. Douglas Ritter was appointed as the associate Water Judge for the Montana Water Court in 2013. Prior to his appointment, he served as a Water Master with the Water Court for several years. He was in private practice before joining the Court.

Nancy Schlepp is the Director of National Affairs for the Montana Farm Bureau Federation. She is responsible for tracking federal and state issues affecting Montana producers including endangered species, natural resources, taxation and trade.

Lawrence J. Urban is a Wetland Mitigation Specialist for the Montana Dept. of Transportation who has specialized in wetland assessment for over 20 years. He is currently involved in a program to meet wetland mitigation needs throughout Montana.

John Westenberg is a Senior Water Rights Specialist, and supervises the Water Rights Department of Land & Water Consulting, a division of PBS&J. He manages water right analyses, in-stream flow leases, and water rights adjudication.

Dave White is a State Conservationist of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Montana. He is responsible for operations within the state, including administration of conservation planning and assistance to private landowners.


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This seminar is approved for the following credits

Approved for 10.5 CLE Credits

9.5 General Credits

Montana Department of Labor and Industry
5 Mandatory Real Estate Hours 6 Elective Real Estate Hours

MT Real Estate Appraisers
Credits Pending

Certified Crop Adviser
9.30 Professional Development CEUs

Up to 12.5 CPE Credits Available

If this seminar has not been approved for the credits you require, let us know and we will look into it for you.

Information on Continuing Education Credits


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Attorney $495.00
2 or more $445.00
Government / Non-Profit $425.00
New Associate $360.00
Student $260.00
All Sessions $150.00
All Sessions $505.00
All Sessions $505.00

Fee Description

Cancellation Policy

We will refund your tuition less a $50 cancellation charge if we receive your cancellation by 9/2/2005.


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This seminar is being held at:
Holiday Inn Grand Montana
5500 Midland Road
Billings, MT 59101
Phone: 406-248-7701
A block of rooms at a special rate has been set aside. Please call the hotel directly for reservations/ques tions. MENTION THE SEMINAR GROUP.
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