AALA Webinar: Examining the Farm Financial Climate and Counseling Financially Distressed Clients

May 14, 2019

photos of three featured speakers

Free webinar co-sponsored by Iowa State University Center for Agricultural Law & Taxation and the American Agricultural Law Association

Presentation will discuss the current farm economy, pending 2019 crop finance issues including using 2018 crop and 2018 crop proceeds for 2019 operating costs, negotiating with landlords and purchasing crop inputs on credit, and mandatory farmer/lender mediation statutes.


Tuesday, May 14  |  noon-2:00 pm

Continuing Education: 

FREE webinar - no continuing education credit available


Susan Stokes has served as Assistant Commissioner at the Minnesota Department of Agriculture since November 2016. At the MDA, she oversees the regulatory divisions: Food and Feed Safety, Dairy and Meat Inspection, and Pesticide and Fertilizer Management – which includes the MDA’s work in the area of water quality. Prior to joining the Department of Agriculture, Susan practiced agricultural law at Hellmuth & Johnson for a short time. Prior to that she practiced law at Farmers’ Legal Action Group (FLAG) where she also served as FLAG’s Executive Director for 11 years and its legal director for 3 years. She launched FLAG’s outreach to and engagement with the immigrant farming community and received awards for her work on behalf of underrepresented farmers.  Susan has devoted the last 17 years of her career to helping family farmers face and overcome obstacles so they can continue to stay on the land and succeed.

Meg Moynihan is a senior advisor at the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. For many years she managed the MDA’s organic program. She also previously worked as a program director, educator, and evaluator, and served with the U.S Peace Corps-Thailand. Moynihan owns and operates a diversified 70 cow organic dairy farm with her husband Kevin Stuedemann. In 2016 the Stuedemanns lost their milk market and Meg took a leave of absence to run the farm singlehandedly, experiencing the stress, anxiety, burnout, and depression common to many farmers.

Jeff Peterson is a principal shareholder with Gray Plant Mooty, a law firm with offices in Minneapolis, St. Cloud, Fargo and Washington, D.C. He focuses his practice on commercial transactions, creditor’s rights, bankruptcy and agricultural and food law. Jeff has a background in agribusiness having worked for Country Hedging, Inc., the commodity trading division of CHS, as a commodity branch manager and market analyst in Kansas City where he advised clients on commodity hedging strategies, and trading agricultural futures and options for grain and livestock producers and grain cooperatives in South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas and Colorado. 

He is a frequent speaker on agriculture and finance topics, is a former chair of the American Bar Association Agricultural and Agribusiness Financing Subcommittee, and is the current chair of GPM’s Commercial Financial Services Practice Group. He grew up on a dairy farm in northwest Wisconsin, is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Law, and received an LL.M. degree in agricultural law from the University of Arkansas.

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