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COLUMBUS, Ohio - From representing farmers in crop insurance disputes to counseling produce and food businesses regarding regulatory issues, the June 23-24 Ohio Agricultural Law Symposium is designed to provide insight into key issues in the agricultural legal community.



The focus of this year's symposium is representing Ohio's farm and agri-business clients, with a goal to help attorneys stay up-to-date on current legal developments, said Peggy Hall, director of Ohio State University Extension's Agricultural and Resource Law Program and a conference organizer.



OSU Extension is the statewide outreach arm of Ohio State's College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.



"Agricultural law is a complex area of law practice," Hall said. "Agricultural attorneys must understand laws ranging from crop insurance to labor regulations. Keeping up with the many laws that affect agriculture is challenging and so important."



The symposium, which will be held at Cherry Valley Lodge, 2299 Cherry Valley Road in Newark, runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., with registration beginning at 7:30 a.m. Pre-registration, available at http://www.ohiobar.org, is $270 for Ohio State Bar Association members or $335 for nonmembers, with six Continuing Legal Education credits available for attorneys.



Non-CLE rates are available; call the Bar Association at 800-232-2174.



The symposium will feature two nationally known speakers:



* Allen Olson, a Georgia-based agricultural attorney who will discuss representing farmers in crop insurance disputes and updates on federal farm bill policies.



* Cari Rincker, a New York-based food and agriculture attorney who will discuss protecting the farm client's business by managing contracts, intellectual property and employment concerns.



Other sessions will include information on:



* Trucking and labor compliance for farms.



* An update from the Ohio Department of Agriculture.



* Protecting agribusiness.



* Produce and food business regulations.



* Estate and business planning.



* A bonus CLE option on ethics, professionalism and substance abuse.



Law students may apply for a scholarship to attend the symposium at no cost through Ohio State's Paul L. Wright Endowment Fund in Agricultural Law. For more information, visit https://www.ohiobar.org or contact Hall at aglaw@osu.edu.



The symposium is hosted by OSU Extension's Agricultural and Resource Law Program, the Ohio State Bar Association, and the OSBA Agricultural Law Committee.



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