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Diversity, mental health awareness top Mid-South Ag and Environmental Law conference ethics presentation

Continuing education in ethics

May 2, 2022

By Madison Price
U of A System Division of Agriculture

 Fast facts:

  • Ninth Annual Mid-South Conference set for June 10 in Memphis
  • Mid-South conference offers one hour of ethics continuing education
  • Register online at:
  • Early bird registration deadline May 22xx

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Diversity and wellness are among Sherie Edwards’ top priorities in her role as president of the Tennessee Bar Association and will be integral to her ethics presentation June 10 during the Mid-South Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference in Memphis, Tennessee.

Edwards, vice president of corporate and legal for the State Volunteer Mutual Insurance Co., is among the top-level speaker lineup for the conference, now in its ninth edition.

Sherie Edwards

ETHICS SESSION — Sherie Edwards will be conducting an ethics session at the National Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference on June 10. (Image courtesy Sherie Edwards)

“As the 2021-2022 president of the Tennessee Bar Association, three of my top priorities have been business education, attorney wellness, and diversity. I’m looking forward to addressing attorneys and wellness in such a unique venue that pulls in a large number of attorneys and other ag professionals from throughout Tennessee and the region,” she said.

Other conference sessions will cover estate planning and taxation updates, pitfalls, and pointers, the future of dicamba and other crop protection products, and a legislative update on foreign ownership of agricultural lands. The conference will open with a keynote address from Stephen Vaden, a judge on the International Trade Court and former U.S. Department of Agriculture general counsel. 

“We are very glad to have Sherie Edwards as part of this year’s Mid-South Conference. Her focus on attorney wellness and diversity adds tremendous value to this year’s program,” said Harrison Pittman, director of the National Agricultural Law Center. 

The conference is hosted by the National Agricultural Law Center and will be held at the at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. Presentations are all scheduled for June 10, with Edwards speaking at 9:30 a.m. CDT.

Continuing education available

The conference has been approved for six 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.

Additionally, attendees 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:

For more information on the National Agricultural Law Center, visit  or follow @Nataglaw on Twitter.

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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