Former EPA assistant administrator to discuss dicamba, Enlist Duo at Ag & Environmental Law Conference
Dunn to bring one-of-a-kind EPA insights to presentation
April 22, 2022
By Sara Gardner
U of A System Division of Agriculture
- Ninth annual Mid-South Conference set for June 9-10 in Memphis
- Register online at: https://bit.ly/3rSvzAd
(With art at https://bit.ly/38aNudM)
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Alexandra Dunn is all too familiar with dicamba’s reputation as a weed killer and divisiveness surrounding its use.
While dicamba is an extremely effective herbicide, it is also volatile, becoming airborne and moving off-target during and following application. Because of this, some dicamba products have faced close scrutiny by researchers and regulators and became the subject of state and federal lawsuits. Tensions over use of the chemical are blamed in the fatal shooting of an Arkansas farmer in 2016.
As assistant administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency between 2019-21, Dunn led creation of national policies implementing federal laws governing chemicals, pesticides, and pollution prevention — all at a time when federal court battles over proprietary versions of herbicides reached peak heat.
Dunn will bring her one-of-a-kind perspectives on dicamba, Enlist Duo and other chemical controversies to the Mid-South Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference, on June 10 at 10:45 a.m. She is currently a partner at Baker Botts L.L.P, of Washington, D.C.
“Administrator Dunn was as close to the center of this storm as anyone and we are fortunate to have her share her experiences from the inside of the EPA and look forward to getting a better understanding of how law, science, and political winds impact EPA decision making for dicamba, Enlist Duo, and other crop protection products,” said Harrison Pittman, director of the National Agricultural Law Center.
The ninth annual Mid-South Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference, hosted by the National Agricultural Law Center, will take place June 9-10 in Memphis, Tennessee, at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law.
The conference will feature a keynote Judge Stephen Vaden of the United States Court of International Trade, and sessions on the coming Farm Bill, foreign ownership of American agricultural lands, ethics and estate planning.
Continuing education available
The conference has been approved for six total hours of CLE in Arkansas, Mississippi, and Tennessee including one hour of ethics. It has been approved for 7.2 total hours of CLE in Missouri, including 1.2 hours of ethics. The American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers has approved this conference for seven hours of CE.
Those who register by May 22 early bird deadline are also eligible for two “bonus” hours of online continuing education credit from the above organizations
Learn more and register for the conference here: https://bit.ly/3rSvzAd.
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About the National Agricultural Law Center
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.
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 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 479-575-4607 as soon as possible. Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay.
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