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Legal Issues in Animal Ag: Understanding the Recent Idaho Ag Gag Law Ruling

Agriculture Law Education Initiative

Thursday, November 5, 2015 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM (EST)

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           A recent federal court ruling in Idaho has brought the debate over so-called “ag gag” laws to a head in many areas of the country. But what does it mean for attorneys, agricultural service professionals, educators and producers? On November 5th at 1 pm EST, the Agricultural Law Education Initiative and co-sponsors will host a one-hour webinar entitled Legal Issues in Animal Agriculture: Understanding the Recent Idaho Ag Gag Ruling.

            “Ag gag” laws are intended to prevent undercover filming of farms without the owner’s consent. While proponents believe these laws are necessary to protect the agricultural industry from undercover videos being taken by groups bent on taking down agriculture, opponents believe the laws censor animal rights abuses and create a chilling effect in reporting violations.  

            In August 2015, a federal district judge in Idaho struck down Idaho’s ag gag law for violating the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.  At the same time, the judge highlighted many avenues that would still be legal for agricultural operators to utilize in their operations to protect themselves from illegal behavior.

            During the November 5th webinar, speakers will discuss the ramifications of the Idaho ruling and options available to producers. Speakers include:

  • Erin Morrow Hawley is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Missouri where she focuses on constitutional litigation, tax policy, and agricultural law. A graduate of Yale Law School, and a former law clerk to Chief Justice Roberts of the United States Supreme Court, Erin will discuss the constitutional implications of the district court’s ruling. 
  • Ashley Newhall is an Extension Legal Specialist with the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics and the Agriculture Law Education Initiative.  Ashley will highlight those strategies agricultural operations can still utilize to protect their operations.

            This webinar is open to all attorneys, agricultural lenders, Extension educators and specialists, agricultural service providers, and agricultural operators.  The webinar has been approved for CLE credit in Illinois, Iowa, and Missouri.  Check back for more states that have approved the webinar as we get closer to the date.  The webinar is free to attend.

            The webinar is sponsored by the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, the Agriculture Law Education InitiativeTexas AgriLife Extension Service, Oklahoma State University Department of Agricultural EconomicsUniversity of Maryland Extension’s Poultry program and's Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center.

            This joint Extension webinar is open to all and will not discriminate against anyone because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry, or national origin, marital status, genetic information, or political affiliation, or gender identity and expression.

Have questions about Legal Issues in Animal Ag: Understanding the Recent Idaho Ag Gag Law Ruling? Contact Agriculture Law Education Initiative


Thursday, November 5, 2015 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM (EST)

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Agriculture Law Education Initiative

The Agriculture Law Education Initiative (ALEI) is a collaboration of the Francis King Carey School of Law at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB); the College of Agriculture & Natural Resources at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP); and the School of Agricultural and Natural Sciences at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES).  ALEI is an initiative of the University of Maryland: MPowering the State, a strategic alliance between UMB and UMCP created in 2012 to significantly expand research, business development, and student opportunities at both universities.



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