Monday, June 27, 2022

Future of dicamba, 2023 Farm Bill on agenda at June 10 Mid-South Agricultural & Environmental Law Conference

  • By Will Clark •

Fast facts:

  • Ninth annual Mid-South Conference set for June 10 in Memphis
  • Six continuing education hours including one hour of ethics will be provided
  • Register online at https://bit.ly/3rSvzAd
  • Early bird registration deadline May 22
  • Early bird registration includes two bonus hours of online CE 

Pesticide use, foreign ownership of farmland and the 2023 Farm Bill are among the hot topics on the agenda for the ninth annual Mid-South Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference on June 10 in Memphis, Tennessee.

SEE YOU IN MEMPHIS — Pesticide use, foreign ownership of farmland and the 2023 Farm Bill are among the hot topics on the agenda for the ninth annual Mid-South Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference on June 10 in Memphis, Tennessee. (Image courtesy National Agricultural Law Center.)

The conference is hosted by the National Agricultural Law Center and will be held in-person at the Cecil C. Humphreys University of Memphis School of Law. A livestreamed option will also be available.

The event kicks off on June 9 with a barbecue reception and networking event at one of the most famous restaurants in Memphis, the Rendezvous. The next day, attendees will hear from a variety of different experts in the agricultural and environmental law field.

“After two years of being virtual, we couldn’t be more excited to be returning to our in-person format,” said Harrison Pittman, director of the National Agricultural Law Center, part of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

“This year, our ninth annual event includes some of the biggest issues facing the Mid-South, including the future of dicamba and other crop protection products, as well as a look at the upcoming Farm Bill,” he said. “We will also have Judge Stephen Vaden of the United States Court of International Trade kick off the program as our keynote speaker.”

Topics and speakers include:

  • Keynote Speaker – Judge Stephen Vaden, United States Court of International Trade and former USDA General Counsel.
  • Mid-South Ag Lending and Market Outlook: Recent Trends – Greg Cole, president and CEO of AgHeritage Farm Credit, Arkansas.
  • Update from the Potomac: 2023 Farm Bill and Related Issues – Hunt Shipman, principal and director, Cornerstone Government Affairs, Washington, D.C.
  • The Future of Dicamba, Enlist Duo, and Other Crop Protection Products – Alexandra Dunn, partner, at Baker Botts L.L.P., former assistant administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention
  • Estate Planning and Taxation: Latest Updates, Pitfalls and Pointers – Lucas M. Haley, The Limbaugh Firm, Cape Girardeau, Missouri.
  • Ethics: Attorney Wellness and Diversity in the Legal Profession– Sherie Edwards, President, Tennessee Bar Association; Vice President of Corporate and Legal for State Volunteer Mutual Insurance Co.
  • Foreign Ownership of Agricultural Land in the Mid-South: Legal and Legislative Update – Harrison Pittman, director, National Agricultural Law Center.

Continuing education available

The conference has been approved for 6 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 7 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: https://bit.ly/3rSvzAd.

For more information on the National Agricultural Law Center, visit https://nationalaglawcenter.org/ 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.


Will Clark is a communications coordinator at the National Agricultural Law Center. He can be reached at wwc001@uark.edu.

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