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Rural Lands and Agribusiness Continuing Legal Education Seminars

Farm Business Management Update, February - March 2009

By Jesse Richardson, Jr. (, Associate Professor, Department of Urban Affairs and Planning, Virginia Tech

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These seminars are a continuing legal education program offered to interested professionals that work with rural landowners and farmers on land related issues. Speakers and instructors will include university and professional with expertise in the specific areas of law and taxes and include Jesse Richardson, Jr. and L. Leon Geyer of VA Tech and Andrew Branan as well as Douglas Baumgardner of Baumgardner & Brown, and Lisa Anne Hawkins of Lenhart Obenshain.

The Seminars will be held in three locations:


Start time Topics
8:00 am Registration
8:50 Opening Comments
9:00 Farm Transition Legal Issues Overview (Estate Planning, Succession Tools, Elder Law)
9:50 Fence Law
10:40 Break
10:50 Premises/Trespasser Liability Including Agritourism Liability
11:40 Lunch - On Your Own
12:50 pm Business Entity Establishment, Maintenance, Transfer And Tax Issues (Separating Land And Business)
1:40 Eminent Domain
2:30 Break
2:40 Conservation Easements
3:30 Ethics
4:30 Adjourn

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