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 1st Amendment and 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. At the same time, the judge highlight many avenues that would still be legal for agricultural operators to utilize in protecting their livelihoods. A similar law is currently being challenged in Utah.
During the November 5th webinar, speakers will discuss the ramifications of the Idaho ruling and options available to producers. Registration is available at http://aggagwebinar.eventbrite.com. Speakers include:
This webinar is open to all attorneys, agricultural lenders, Extension educators and specialists, agricultural service providers, and agricultural operators. The webinar is free to attend.
The webinar is sponsored by the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, the Agriculture Law Education Initiative, Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Oklahoma State University Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Maryland Extension’s Poultry program and eXtension.org'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, political affiliation, or gender identity and expression.