Gov. Asa Hutchinson will be the keynote speaker for the agricultural law and technology conference Aug. 15-16 that’s co-sponsored by the National Agricultural Law Center, National Association of Attorneys General and Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge.
“Ag Technology and the Law: Advancing American Agriculture,” is being held at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock. Among the agenda topics: Gene editing, blockchain, global theft of U.S. technology, and hot topics in pesticide litigation and regulation.
“With his emphasis on coding in education and his initiative on blockchain use in our food supply, Gov. Hutchinson will bring a real world perspective on technology to the conference,” said Harrison Pittman, director of the National Agricultural Law Center, part of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. “We’re honored to have the governor as part of this national platform, highlighting the importance of ag tech to agriculture in Arkansas and the nation.”
The conference offers 12 hours of continuing legal education, including 2 hours of ethics, for attorneys.
“When I became co-chair of NAAG’s Agriculture Committee three years ago, I envisioned Arkansas hosting a first-rate legal education program for state Attorneys General staff, state regulatory staff and others focused on agricultural law,” said Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge. “This partnership between NAAG and the National Agricultural Law Center is the perfect vehicle to bring legal experts together to provide unparalleled educational opportunities for the legal community, not just in Arkansas, but across the country.”
More information and online registration, can be found online: http://nationalaglawcenter.org/agtechcle/
8:00 – 8:15 — Welcome from Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge
8:15 – 9:15 — Ag Tech & the Law: Landscape & Emerging Issues
9:15 – 10:30 – Issues for States’ Attorney General
10:30 – 10:45 – Break
10:45– 11:45 All Data Big & Small: Legal Issues Surrounding Agricultural Data
11:45 – 1:30 Lunch
1:30 – 2:45 Ag Tech Pitfalls and Barriers: Industry Perspectives
Todd L. Martin, Independent Professional Seed Association
2:45 – 3:00 Break
3:00 – 4:00 Genetic Editing of Crops and Animals: State & Federal Regulation
4:00 – 5:00 – Legal Ethics and Class Actions
Thursday, August 16
8:15 – 9:15 Global Theft of U.S. Ag Technology
9:15 – 10:15 Hot Topics in Pesticide Litigation & Regulation
10:15 – 10:30 Break
10:30 – 11:30 Legal Ethics Considerations in the Ag Tech World
11:30 – 12:30 Lunch
12:30 – 1:45 Ag Sustainability & Ag Tech: Blockchain and Beyond
1:45 – 3:00 State Ag Departments & Regulation of Technology
For more information about the National Agricultural Law Center, visit: http:// http://nationalaglawcenter.org/.
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