Program News

  1. Solar Leasing for Agricultural Lands Webinar on April 4

    Mar 30, 2018

    Solar power is rapidly growing across the U.S.and agricultural landowners are being approached with leases to provide land for solar projects.  It can be difficult for a landowner to know where to start in evaluating whether a solar energy lease is right for the farm or ranch operatiIIon.  This free webinar on Wednesday, April 4 at noon EST by Professor Shannon Ferrell of Oklahoma State University will remove some of the mystery about what is required for a successful solar energy project read more

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    Agricultural Nutrient Management: State Innovations and Local Responsibility Recorded Webinar

    Feb 12, 2018

    Runoff from sources including agricultural fields has caused an excess of nitrogen and phosphorus in water sources across the United States.  Some state governments have responded to the nutrient excess with innovative programs ranging from voluntary to mandatory, and from education-based to trading and cost sharing.  Other state and national policies are shifting the burden of nutrient cleanup to local governments, water treatment plants, and other point sources.  

  3. We're Seeking a Research Associate

    Jan 24, 2018

    OSU's Agricultural & Resource Law Program is seeking a Research Associate to conduct legal research and outreach for the program.  The Research Associate will also collaborate on projects for the Agricultural & Food Law Consortium, a collaborative partnership between OSU, the National Agricultural Law Center, Penn State Law and the National Sea Grant Law Center.  For a complete position description and online application instructions, please go to and search by Job Opening Number 435051.

  4. Planning for Our Future Farmers

    Jan 17, 2018

    Have you made plans for the future of your farm? OSU Extension is partnering with Wright & Moore Law Co., LPA to offer several "Planning for the Future of Your Farm" workshops that will help you transition your farm to the next generation. See our workshop dates and locations under the "Upcoming Events" tab on this page, or visit this link for more information about the workshop series.

  5. Understanding and Negotiating Dairy Supply Contracts

    Dec 21, 2017

    Dairy supply contracts have come a long way from the days of simple supply agreements and are perhaps the most important contracts a dairy farmer will sign.  Join attorney Todd Janzen, general counsel for Indiana Dairy Producers, for an examination of dairy supply contracts and tips on negotiating with milk purchasers.   The free webinar sponsored by the Ag & Food Law Consortium takes place on January 16 at Noon EST.  A recording of the webinar will also be available.  Visit this page for more information.

  6. Ohio Supreme Court Decides CAUV Valuation Challenge

    Dec 7, 2017

    The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled in favor of landowners on a case challenging a landowner's right to appeal CAUV values when they are determined by the tax commissioner.  Read more here.

  7. Requirement to report Livestock Air Emissions Delayed by Court

    Nov 17, 2017

    SECOND UPDATE:   Reporting requirement reversed.  The U.S. Court of Appeals issued a judgment on May 2, 2018 that vacates the earlier holding that would require the reporting of air emissions from animal waste and Congress enacted an exemption from such reporting with the passage of the  Fair Agricultural Reporting Method (FARM) Act on March 23, 2018.

  8. New Law Bulletin: Continuous Release Reporting of Air Emissions for Livestock Farms

    Nov 15, 2017

    A new rule requiring livestock farms to report air emissions that exceed a reportable amount under CERCLA has been delayed by the court until January 22, 2018.  Our new law bulletin helps livestock farms determine whether they are subject to the new requirements and if so, how to complete the CERCLA "continuous release" reporting process with the EPA.  The bulletin is available here.

  9. Ag & Food Law Consortium Offers Webinar on Estate Planning Basics

    Nov 13, 2017

    What can farm owners and operators do to prepare for the estate planning process?  A free webinar on November 15 at noon EST will cover steps to take before meeting with an attorney for estate planning, such as setting goals and compiling necessary information.  The webinar will also explain commonly used tools such as wills, trusts, living wills and retirement accounts.  Attorney Rusty Rumley of the National Agricultural Law Center will present the webinar.  For more information, visit this link.

  10. OSU Law Student Takes First at American Agricultural Law Association Student Poster Competition

    Nov 1, 2017

    OSU's Evin Bachelor won the American Agricultural Law Association's Student Poster Competition at AALA's annual conference in Louisville, Kentucky last week.  Evin's project on "Ohio:  The Midwestern Ag Mediation Holdout" discussed the potential for Ohio to become one of the last midwestern states to engage in USDA's Agricultural Mediation Program.  Evin is a third year law student at OSU's Moritz College of Law and was able to attend the conference with the generous support of the Paul L. Wright Endowment in Agricultural Law at OSU.