The United States economy remained strong through 2019, but certain segments of the agricultural industry are facing serious financial distress. Chapter 12 farm bankruptcies surged in 2019—up more than 20 percent from 2018. Hemp prices plunged, and dairies struggled with low milk prices, which started to recover in 2019. The 2020 seminar will focus on economic and business issues, including the current state of Oregon’s agricultural economy, navigating financial distress, working with agricultural lenders, and business transition and succession planning.
Our program will include a timely recap of the 2020 legislative session, and a look ahead to the 2021 legislative session. This will include a special presentation from elected officials who focus on issues related to agriculture and natural resources.
Attendees will also hear updates regarding key areas of environmental law, including the Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act, greenhouse gas regulation, pesticide regulation, and hemp/cannabis regulation. Our program will also explore key issues in water supply and renewable energy development and conflicts that can emerge.
This conference is designed for producers and consultants, attorneys, and other professionals who serve agriculture industry clients. Come join a lively program featuring speakers who know Oregon agriculture!
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Mary Anne Cooper, Program Co-Chair, is the Vice President of Public Policy at the Oregon Farm Bureau. She works with state and federal agencies on water quality/supply, removal-fill, ESA, NEPA, Clean Water Act, land use and other natural resources issues.
Kirk B. Maag, Program Co-Chair, co-leads the Ag, Food & Timber Team at Stoel Rives LLP and is deeply rooted in Oregon’s natural resource industries. He represents timber companies, agribusinesses, and water suppliers in real property transactions and advises those clients on issues related to water rights, protected species, and solid waste.
Greg Addington is a member of the Oregon Environmental Quality Commission, a five-member panel of Oregonians appointed by the governor for four-year terms to serve as DEQ’s policy and rule-making board.
Thomas M. Byler is Director of the Oregon Water Resources Department. He previously served as Dir. of the OR Watershed Enhancement Board and Natural Resources Policy Advisor for Gov’s Kulongoski & Kitzhaber.
Christopher C. Criglow is a partner in Stoel Rives LLP’s Real Estate group, and a member of its Agribusiness, Food & Beverage team. He focuses his practice on real estate and business transactions and counseling.
Rocky Dallum is a partner with Tonkon Torp LLP in the Government Relations & Public Policy Practice Group. His practice includes strategic counsel and direct advocacy for corporate and nonprofit clients.
Jennifer Dresler is the Interim Executive Dir. at Oregonians for Food and Shelter as well as the Dir. of State Public Policy for the Oregon Farm Bureau. She specializes in natural resources & economic development.
Senator Lynn P. Findley serves on the Oregon State Legislature, representing District 30. He strives to maintain and enhance current efforts in the protection of the Agriculture and Natural Resource Industry.
Michael Freese, a lawyer and lobbyist with Romain Freese LLC, counsels on complex public policy issues in emerging and evolving political environments. He previously held senior positions in Washington D.C.
Sara Ghafouri is a staff attorney for the American Forest Resource Council. She works on project defense litigation, helping members obtain consistent & sustainable timber harvest from public forests.
Thomas Griffin is an attorney at Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt PC. He represents individuals and businesses in environmental regulatory issues, forming business entities, and real estate transactions.
Oren Buchanan Haker is a partner at Stoel Rives LLP. He represents parties in workouts, debt restructurings, receiverships and bankruptcy cases, including corporate debtors, trade and financial creditors.
Joseph H. Hobson is a shareholder at Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt PC. He has practiced business & organization law, helping design/develop small business and public and private institutions for 40 years.
Elizabeth E. Howard is a shareholder at Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt PC and heads its Real Estate, Land Use, Natural Resources & Environmental Law Dept. She focuses on water rights/quality and wetlands.
Rep. Vikki Breese Iverson represents House District 55 in the Oregon State Legislature. She is a member of the House Business and Labor Committee as well as the newly-formed House Water Committee.
Olivier Jamin is an attorney at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP. He provides legal advice on federal and state environmental compliance & regulatory issues, as well as energy, land use, and litigation matters.
Tamra J. Mabbott is the Eastern Oregon Rep. for the Department of Land Conservation & Development’s Community Services Division. She has extensive experience in energy facility siting and water policy.
Andrew G. Martin is a member of Intermountain Law PC in Baker City, OR. He has experience with farming and the issues that arise in the operation and management of the businesses that rely on agriculture.
Brian J. Posewitz is a staff attorney at WaterWatch of Oregon. He has handled a variety of water-related cases for WaterWatch and other clients while in private practice; and is a former WaterWatch board member.
Brandy A. Sargent is a partner with K&L Gates LLP. She provides legal services to agribusiness clients, including producers, processors/handlers of agricultural products, agricultural cooperatives and lenders.
Terry L. Schmidt is a seasoned corporate counsel who serves as SVP/General Counsel for Northwest Farm Credit Services. He is responsible for management of legal operations relating to its $12B portfolio.
Steven L. Shropshire is a shareholder at Jordan Ramis PC with over 20 years’ experience in natural resources & environmental law. He has repeatedly been recognized as one of Oregon’s top water lawyers.
April Snell is Executive Director of the Oregon Water Resources Congress, a nonprofit association representing irrigation districts, water control districts, drainage districts, and agricultural water suppliers.
Jeffrey A. Stone is the Executive Director/CEO of the Oregon Association of Nurseries. He has responsibility for staff, budget and activities and serves as lead spokesperson for the association’s 700 members.
Sunny Summers is the Cannabis Policy Coordinator for the Oregon Department of Agriculture. She also coordinates special projects in the Directors Office including canola & agricultural farm housing issues.
Pete Swan has been with Northwest Farm Credit Services for over 13 years & currently serves as Vice President of Customer Solutions. He previously worked as Credit/Branch Manager & Senior Credit Officer.