Leadership Idaho Agriculture: 2016 The Legal Side of Agriculture

Leadership Idaho Agriculture logo2016 The Legal Side of Agriculture – Leadership Idaho Agriculture

February 17, 2016

Moffatt Thomas will once again share current legal insights with Leadership Idaho Agriculture Class No. 36 and Alumni at a half-day session for Leadership Idaho Agriculture.

The Legal Side of Agriculture seminar will be held on February 17, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. – noon at the Red Lion Downtowner.  Leadership Idaho Agriculture events are part of a week-long Idaho Ag Summit, culminating with the Leadership Idaho Agriculture Alumni Gala and Auction on February 18, 2016.   More information on Leadership Idaho Agriculture events is available online at


Norman M. Semanko and Sarah A. McCormack 

Nothing Grows Without Water

  • Water Rights 101
  • Hot-Button Water Issues

Tyler J. Anderson and Kirk J. Houston 

Agricultural Liens and Significant Case Law Update

(1) Agister’s Liens

(2) Agricultural Commodity Liens

(3) Case Law Developments


Cynthia A. Melillo and Andrea J. Rosholt  

Growing Your Business – Choosing an Entity 

o   Transitioning from a Sole Proprietorship
(When is the right time? What is the proper choice of entity?  What tax traps do you need to avoid?)

o   1031 Exchanges – It’s all about the Taxes! (What is a 1031 Exchange?  How do you set up a 1031 Exchange?)


Estate and Business Succession Planning

  • Estate and Gift Tax and Strategies to Minimize Taxable Estate
  • Living Trusts and Wills
  • Business Succession Issues
  • Use of Life Insurance in Estate and Business Succession Planning

Leadership Idaho Agriculture is the only leadership organization in Idaho that works to directly cultivate leaders in agriculture. Since 1985, Leadership Idaho Agriculture has been offering a concentrated, hands-on learning experience to enhance and build leadership qualities, while developing advocates for agriculture and rural communities who will serve as a voice for the industry for generations to come.

Moffatt Thomas has been providing legal services to the Pacific Northwest and Intermountain West since 1954, serving clients in the full-spectrum of business, litigation, and regulatory areas.  With Idaho offices in Boise, Idaho Falls and Pocatello, the firm is strategically situated for direct contact with the governor’s office, the legislature, federal and state administrative agencies, area businesses, and national and international corporations engaged in business throughout the region. Since its inception over 60 years ago, its current and former lawyers have achieved the highest leadership positions in national, state and local legal and civic organizations.

Moffatt Thomas attorneys focus on the realities of their clients’ continually evolving business needs.  Like their clients, Moffatt Thomas uses innovative technology as an efficient and productive tool, allowing more time to understand clients’ needs and envision where those businesses will be tomorrow.

Leading Idaho Law.  Moffatt Thomas leads the field in litigation, business, banking, insurance, agriculture, employment law and more by bringing together some of the top legal minds across Idaho.  More information is available at