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USDA general counsel to keynote 2019 environmental/ag law conference

The conference will be held June 6-7 at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law.

Environmental law, immigration and agricultural labor, ag bankruptcy, and a keynote address by U. S. Department of Agriculture General Counsel Stephen Vaden are some of the topics on the agenda for the sixth annual Mid-South Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference, set for June 6-7 in Memphis, Tenn.

The conference, hosted by the National Agricultural Law Center, will discuss the pressing legal issues that affect agriculture in the Mid-South.

“The legal and policy issues faced by growers, policymakers, lenders, legislators and government officials in the Mid-South are unique to the region,” said Harrison Pittman, director of the National Agricultural Law Center. “We see this conference as a way to provide insights from a variety of perspectives.

“This year, we’re pleased to have a keynote from USDA’s general counsel, as well as senior counsels for the U.S. House and Senate ag committees,” he said. “This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to hear what’s happening inside the Beltway.”

The conference will be held at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law.

It will kick off on the evening of June 6 with a barbecue reception and networking at one of the most famous restaurants in Memphis, the Rendezvous. The next day, attendees will hear from experts in the agricultural and environment law field.

This year’s speakers include:

  • • Stephen Vaden, USDA general counsel;
  • • Fred Clark, senior counsel of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry;
  • • Prescott Martin, senior counsel of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture;
  • • Greg Cole, president and CEO of AgHeritage Farm Credit Services; and
  • • Michael O’Neal, Deputy General of GreenStone Farm Credit Services.
  • The conference is approved for six hours of continuing legal education credit, including ethics, in Arkansas, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee.

Further, the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers has also approved the conference for continuing education credit.

Center staff will coordinate with attorneys and professionals seeking continuing education in other states.

Additionally, participants who register by May 14 can receive an additional two hours of online CLE credit via webinar held on May 15.

For more information, including registration, on the Mid-South Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference, visit: https://nationalaglawcenter.org/midsouthcle2019/.

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