Jul 3, 2018
Ag tech, law Issues to be discussed at national conference

The National Agricultural Law Center, the National Association of Attorneys General and the Arkansas Attorney General’s Office are co-hosting a first-of-its-kind national agriculture technology conference later this summer, providing attorneys, agricultural professionals and students interested in a career in agricultural law with unique educational and networking opportunities.

The conference – Advancing American Agriculture: Ag Technology & The Law –will be Aug. 15-16 in Little Rock, Arkansas at the Statehouse Convention Center.

American agriculture is incorporating and advancing through emerging technologies, such as big data, gene editing of plants and animals, new crop protection products, global theft of ag technology, ag tech and ag sustainability, blockchain in agriculture and many others. Technology presents private and public sector opportunities and challenges, and raises numerous legal and policy questions.

The conference features industry and legal experts from across the country who will address these issues for public and private sector attorneys, industry members, students and other professionals with interests in legal and policy issues associated with agricultural technology.

“The future of ag tech is a huge growth area, and the need for understanding legal and policy issues in this arena is at an all-time high and expanding,” says Harrison Pittman, director of the National Agricultural Law Center. “We’ve got attendees registered from several states already, including law students who see this area as a point of interest for career-building.”

Speakers and presenters include Leslie Rutledge, Arkansas Attorney General; Professor Drew Kershen, Earl Sneed Centennial Professor of Law; Todd Martin, CEO, Independent Professional Seed Association; Karen Carr, Partner, Arent & Fox; Todd Janzen, Janzen Ag Law; John Dombrosky, AgTech Accelerator; Curtis Hill, Indiana Attorney General; Doug Peterson, Nebraska Attorney General; Jennie Nichols, Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation; and several others.

The full schedule and lineup of speakers is here.

Costs for continuing education credit is $175, attendees not seeking professional credit $125 and students $25. The conference is approved for 12 hours of general continuing legal education credit, including two hours of ethics/professional education credit in Arkansas.

For more information, contact Pittman at [email protected].

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