Ag Tech and Law Conference Breaks New Ground

June 20, 2018 12:35 PM
The time is now for a first-of-its-kind conference placing crosshairs on the inseparable union of ag tech and ag law.

Warp speed ahead. U.S. agriculture is being pulled by a train of rapidly changing technologies moving at a blistering pace, and each car is jam-packed with a host of unprecedented legal issues. The time is now for a first-of-its-kind conference placing crosshairs on the inseparable union of ag tech and ag law.

Ag Technology & The Law: Advancing American Agriculture, is set for an Aug. 15-16, 2018, debut in Little Rock, Ark., and the two-day program features a heavy-hitter lineup of top agriculture industry and legal experts from across the nation. Tackling the top issues related to technology and law, the conference is co-hosted by the National Agricultural Law Center (NALC), the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG), and the Arkansas Attorney General’s Office.

The two-day program holds particular importance for public and private sector attorneys, ag industry personnel, law students, or ag professionals involved with legal issues or technology, according to Harrison Pittman, director of NALC. “It’s the perfect moment for this conference because the intersection of ag technology and legal issues is growing at a phenomenal rate. Economy, innovation, entrepreneurship, precision ag, biotech, intellectual property, big data and beyond, the change is phenomenal and it has jumped in front of the legal sphere.”

The list of presenters includes a dynamic group of leading authorities across multiple facets of agriculture. Unique speakers, yet also a unique audience, Pittman emphasizes: “This is highly valuable in terms of learning and education from timely speakers, but the audience is going to include a special blend of individuals that rarely find each other, all under one roof.”

The presentations will have relevance to attorneys and non-attorneys alike, Pittman explains: Private sector, public sector, ag attorneys, government attorneys, ag professionals and law students. “It’s an unprecedented networking opportunity,” he says. “Meet people who do what you do for a living, all there to work toward a common goal: advancing American agriculture.”

“We hope to wrap content, audience and networking with one big bow that allows us to serve the farming and agricultural community. This is an exciting time in technology and law and it’s going to translate to this conference,” he adds.

Technological change’s lightning speed has pushed the agriculture industry into uncharted legal waters. Pittman says the conference will directly address hot-button, transformative issues: “This is an excellent opportunity to learn and there’s never been a conference quite like this. We’re going to let the best voices in the country address pressing issues of ag tech and law.”

(Ag Technology & The Law: Advancing American Agriculture will be held at the Statehouse Convention Center, and will include 12 hours of continuing legal education (two hours of ethics). Arkansas Cattlemen’s Association will cater a dinner reception on Aug. 15, at the Riverwalk Pavillion, featuring bluegrass by Interstate Thirty.)

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