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National Agricultural Law Center hosts conference on emerging agricultural technologies

May 8, 2018

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  • 2-day conference addresses legal and policy issues of agricultural technology
  • Program is tailored for attorneys and agricultural professionals
  • Conference features 12 hours of continuing legal education

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LITTLE ROCK — The National Agricultural Law Center and the National Association of Attorneys General will host a two-day conference in August to examine the legal policy issues associated with emerging agricultural technologies.

“The future of American agriculture is being and will be defined by rapidly emerging technologies,” said Harrison Pittman, director of the National Agricultural Law Center, a unit of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

Pittman cited big data, gene editing of plants and animals, new crop protection products and rural broadband among the emerging technologies that will continue to have an impact on agriculture.

“These technologies present many private and public sector opportunities and challenges, and raise novel legal and policy questions that must be dealt with at the state and federal levels,” Pittman said.

NALC and NAAG are co-sponsoring the conference, “Ag Technology and the Law: Advancing American Agriculture” at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock Aug. 15-16.

The two-day conference will bring together industry and legal experts from across the nation for a program, Pittman said. The topics are tailored to public and private sector attorneys, industry members and other professionals and students who have an interest in legal and policy issues surrounding agricultural technology.

The conference will feature 12 hours of continuing legal education, including 2 hours of ethics, Pittman said.

More information, including an agenda and online registration, can be found online:

The National Agricultural Law Center serves as the nation’s leading source of agricultural and food law research and information. The Center works with producers, state and federal policymakers, Congressional staffers, attorneys, land grant universities, and many others to provide objective, nonpartisan agricultural and food law research and information to the nation’s agricultural community.

The Center is a unit of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and works in close partnership with the USDA Agricultural Research Service, National Agricultural Library.

The National Association of Attorneys Generalwas founded in 1907 to help attorneys general fulfill the responsibilities of their office and to assist in the delivery of high-quality legal services to the states and territorial jurisdictions. The Association’s members are the attorneys general of the 50 states and the District of Columbia and the chief legal officers of the Commonwealths of Puerto Rico (Secretary of Justice) and the Northern Mariana Islands, and the territories of American Samoa, Guam, and the Virgin Islands.


About the Division of Agriculture

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work within the nation’s historic land grant education system.

The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas System. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses. 

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension and Research programs to all eligible persons without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institution.  If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate or need materials in another format, please contact your (insert appropriate office) as soon as possible.  Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay.

By Fred Miller
Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station
U of A System Division of Agriculture

Media Contact: Fred Miller
U of A Division of Agriculture
(479) 575-5647

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