Mid-South Ag, Environmental Law Conference, Memphis, TN, June 10

    Dicamba sprayer. Photo: University of Minnesota

    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.

    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.

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

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