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Aug. 30 drought webinar includes USDA initiatives, crop insurance, ethanol mandate

Online seminar to cover legal, policy aspects of 2012 drought. Webinar set for Aug. 30, Noon EDT/11 a.m. CDT. No charge to attend. Contact Harrison Pittman, (479) 575-7640, for more information.

The effects of drought resonate beyond burnt pastures and failed crops. How they affect legal and policy realms will be the subject of an Aug. 30 webinar hosted by the National Agricultural Law Center of University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

There is no charge to attend. Participating in the webinar is very easy. At the noon eastern/11 a.m. start time, simply click here and sign in as a guest.

“The chronic and widespread nature of the drought will touch everything: consumer prices, shipping, energy, insurance and perhaps even the farm bill itself,” said Harrison Pittman, center director. “All of those interactions are raising lots of questions among producers, lawmakers and others.”

Pittman said the webinar will cover key aspects of federal crop insurance, disaster insurance, USDA drought initiatives, an update on relevant parts of the farm bill process, and the ethanol mandate waiver.

“The webinar will include a question and answer session and I strongly encourage participants to send us questions before the webinar.”

Questions can be e-mailed to Pittman at, via twitter direct message to @nataglaw, or via Facebook at

This free webinar is part of a series of educational webinars provided by the National Agricultural Law Center with generous support from the Banks Law Firm, PLLC. The gift was given in order to provide a legal education series focused on agricultural producers and to help publicize the 25th anniversary of the National Agricultural Law Center.

For more information about the webinar, see here.

For more information about drought, see here.

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