Shipman to talk Farm Bill, other inside-the-Beltway issues at Mid-South Ag and Environmental Law Conference
Public policy veteran to provide update from the Potomac
April 26, 2022
By Treyvion Hall
U of A System Division of Agriculture
- Ninth annual Mid-South Conference set for June 10 in Memphis, TN
- Six continuing education hours including one hour of ethics will be provided
- Register online at: https://bit.ly/3rSvzAd
(With art at https://bit.ly/38ZMGsA)
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — As one of the most seasoned agricultural policy veterans on Capitol Hill, Hunt Shipman is all too familiar with what is at stake in 2023 for Mid-South agriculture and beyond.
As principal and director of Cornerstone Government Affairs, Shipman is heavily involved in every aspect of Farm Bill development as well as other issues impacting the agricultural industry.
Most provisions of the current Farm Bill are set to expire in 2023, and Congress has already begun consideration of the next Farm Bill. The process means high stakes consequences for producers, landowners, lenders, land managers, and others involved in Mid-South agriculture.
On June 10, Shipman brings his perspectives on what’s happening inside the Beltway, presenting to the Mid-South Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. The ninth annual conference is hosted by the National Agricultural Law Center.
“The next Farm Bill will be historic, given that it will be crafted against the backdrop of inflation, unbearable fertilizer prices, supply chain disruptions that also hurt U.S. export channels, war in the Ukraine, huge budgetary pressures, and a closely divided Congress,” said Harrison Pittman director of the National Agricultural Law Center. “U.S. agriculture is truly in unchartered waters, and Hunt Shipman is among the most knowledgeable and experienced people in the country to talk about where we are and where ag policy might go.”
“Hunt is as close to the flame of agriculture-related policy making than most anyone, and we’re very honored that he will be a part of this year’s terrific line up of speakers,” Pittman said.
The conference will also include sessions on foreign ownership of agricultural lands, estate planning and taxation, the future of crop protection products such as dicamba and Enlist Duo, and a keynote address by the Honorable Judge Stephen Vaden of the United States Court of International Trade and former USDA General Counsel.
“The Mid-South Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference is known for its high-quality coverage of legal and policy issues in the ag industry,” Shipman said. “I’m looking forward to presenting on the Farm Bill and other related issues that are directly relevant to Mid-South agriculture.”
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 the 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.
Mention of product names does not imply endorsement by either the National Agricultural Law Center or the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.
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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